And then there were ... four. Nookies, the popular breakfast and brunch spot with locations in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Boystown will add another location to its growing family. Come early spring, Nookies Cafe Restaurant Bar (a working name we're told will likely stick), will open at the corner of Bryn Mawr and Winthrop in Edgewater.
The 220-seat location, including a private dining room and an additional 60-seat sidewalk patio on Winthrop, will be more upscale than its diner-like siblings, but at the end of the day, "it'll still be Nookies," said chef Jacob Smith. The Edgewater location will be larger, have more upscale decor and have an expanded menu that will include a full BBQ section with ribs and rotisserie chicken. Smith said they're currently trying to work with Dietzler Farms to get ground beef for their burgers and meat loaf.
Nookies Cafe Restaurant Bar will feature a full bar, a coffee bar and a fresh juice bar. They'll serve mimosa flights, have an extensive wine list with selections from France, Italy, California, Washington, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere and the beer list will rotate often featuring different craft beers. They'll also incorporate the fresh juice program into the cocktails and make "adult" smoothies.
Nookies had originally planned to open in this location in late 2008/early 2009, but was held up due to issues with the site where they weren't allowed to build. Then the economy tanked and permits ran out, so they waited until now.
The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and hopes to fill a dinner void in the area. "We do great breakfast and brunch, but we want to catch more of the dinner demographic," Smith said. "In the Edgewater area we feel we can fill a good niche for a good price point."