Wicker Park: Clean your ears. You'll want to hear this. After a couple sad, hungry weeks, Earwax Cafe—a beloved neighborhood staple for more than 20 years—reopens its doors tomorrow at 11 a.m. with an overhauled menu and fresh, clean look. We'll give you a moment to collect yourselves.
We first heard about the possibility of Earwax Cafe reopening on the Wicker Park Bucktown Pipeline, and co-owner Cindy Murray proudly confirmed the news for us last night.
"Earwax Cafe has served as a social hub and meeting place for generations of Wicker Park residents. It is those residents that have convinced [us] to re-open, despite some difficulties, and to stick with the tried and true concept of the cafe," she said.
Kurt Guzowski (Landmark), who joined the project shortly after Earwax closed late last month, has already assembled a crack team of black-bean burger-slinging specialists, including a few old faithfuls from the original line. "We're bringing the menu up to date. Fresh, really flavorful, and keeping it vegan-friendly," he said. "Plus a little bit of bacon. Real bacon."
In the coming weeks, they'll also feature daily specials that highlight seasonal fruits and veggies, like asparagus in April and strawberries and peaches into the summer.
Sunday brunch goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they're open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every other day except Tuesdays. Closed Tuesdays. But in the grand scheme of things, at least that's just one day a week—not forever.
· Wicker Park Mainstay Earwax Cafe Closing After 21 Years [~EChi~]
· Earwax Cafe Closing February 28, 2011 [Wicker Park/Bucktown Insider's Guide]
· Earwax Cafe Closing: Wicker Park Staple Shutting Down After 21 Years [ChuffPo]