After one year and two names, the Pierogi Wagon food truck's brick-and-mortar restaurant in Humboldt Park is shutting down on Sunday. Owner Damian Warzecha says he's closing Pierogi Street, originally known as Polak Eatery, because of lack of business on California Avenue.
"Neither breakfast nor dinner nor lunch made a profit and we've been there for over a year," Warzecha says. "Financially it did not make sense."
But Warzecha is holding on to the space just north of the burgeoning California and Augusta intersection, as he has an 18-year lease. He says he'll remake it into a commissary and showroom for his food truck and catering business, as that business has been booming, particularly at weddings. He's also launching a third truck soon, Soho Truck, which will focus on sandwiches.
Polak Eatery opened in September 2014, underwent the name change in March 2015, and tried a variety of hours and meals to drum up business. Warzecha says he may reopen the space to the public with a different concept down the line, perhaps as a bar. But your last chance to eat there for at least a long while, and under the original pierogi concept, is over the next three days.