Geja’s Cafe, that Lincoln Park fondue nook that’s lasted 51 years so far, has undergone renovations outside its entrance. Next month, Geja’s will unveil a spruced-up patio area, complete with fire pits, to enjoy the crisp fall air. Owner Jeff Lawler, the managing partner who took over Geja’s last year, wanted a way to instantly impress diners before they even entered the beloved Chicago restaurant.
Crews began construction on Aug. 8, and later this month they’ll install new benches around the fireplaces. They hope to open the new patio around Oct. 15.
"My motivation has been a long time brewing and now that I am the proprietor," Lawler wrote. "I can make my vision reality. I have wanted to create a ‘wow’ factor for guests when they are at the top of the stairs, not just when they walk inside to Geja’s for the first time."
By mid-October, Chicago’s fall should be in full effect, with the changing colors and milder temps. That should make Geja’s patio an ideal spot to grab a glass of wine or a snack. While fondue won't be served outside, they'll serve meat and cheese boards. They hope to close at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.
Check out a sneak peek of the space below.