There have been lots of changes taking place at Julius Meinl, the Vienna-based coffee roaster, which has its North American headquarters in Chicago. Last May, there was a dust-up over rumors that Meinl might close its Lincoln Square location (4363 N. Lincoln) when the building where it's located was put up for sale. A company rep quelled any concerns, but did say at the time they may move a patisserie into their headquarters at 4115 N. Ravenswood.
The Lincoln Avenue location remains, but Meinl shuttered its Irving Park location (1416 W. Irving Park) over the weekend. This March, it will move the cafe and patisserie to the street level of the 11,000 square foot Ravenswood building, about one block north of the Irving Park Brown Line stop. Pastry chef Rochelle DuBridge (Hot Chocolate, Vie) will oversee the pastry program for the new 10-seat WiFi-enabled cafe.
DuBridge will create fresh pastries like croissants, danishes and scones for all three Meinl locations (the other is at 3601 N. Southport), and she'll offer Saturday-only krapfen (Austrian donuts) exclusively at the headquarters. Watch for the addition of wedding cakes, petit fours and more in the coming months. Also DuBridge will visit Austria this June to complete training for a bread program, which will add sandwiches and breads to the new location.
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[Photo: Julius Meinl's headquarters, where it will open a new patisserie in March.]