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Brunch Bummer: Birchwood Kitchen Shuttering Sunday In Wicker Park

Ownership is close to selling the restaurant on North Avenue.

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Chicago's brunch and lunch enthusiasts suffered a serious blow with news that the owners of Birchwood Kitchen plan to close the restaurant and are selling the essential brunch spot. The final day of service is Sunday, ending a six-year run, according to DNAinfo.

It's unknown to what the new, unnamed owner plans for the space at 2211 W. North Ave., but Sunday's the curtain call for the current staff and ownership. When Birchwood first burst on the scene in April 2009, they offered casual counter service, peddling breakfast, fresh-baked goods and a variety of sandwiches with organic ingredients —  including a grilled cheese with gruyere, mustard-braised onions, roasted kale on sourdough. They later expanded to once-a-week burger nights, offered special dinners and would later ditch the counter service for a full wait staff.

Owner Judd Murphy wouldn't identify who he's selling to, but told DNAinfo that the buyer is local and owns other restaurants nearby. Whoever takes over will have the benefit of Birchwood's back patio, a big draw during warmer months.

Birchwood Kitchen

2211 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 276-2100 Visit Website