Bread & Wine’s six-year run in Irving Park will end on Tuesday, as the popular American bistro and wine bar is closing. Part store, part eclectic neighborhood restaurant, and part wine bar, the restaurant opened in January 2012 at 3732 W. Irving Park Road.
Founders Lisa Fosler Kelly and Jennifer Wisniewski transformed a laundromat to the the existing space. Wisniewski has since departed the operations, leaving Kelly in charge of the restaurant.
Bread & Wine, which brought more gourmet dining to Irving Park, earned some local and national buzz within a year of opening. Pittsburgh native Curtis Gamble was its opening chef before he moved back to his home city and former Leopold chef Michael Dean Reynolds — now at The Rookery — took over. He was replaced by Louisiana native Caleb Trahan. The restaurant also underwent interior renovations in May 2016.
Kelly, via a short news release, said that it was time to move on to “new projects and plans.” She called the restaurant one of the first destination restaurants for the Northwest Side neighborhood. Here’s her full statement:
“It’s with a mixture of both pride and sadness that I’ve decided to close,” said Kelly. “Pride because Bread & Wine was one of the first destination restaurants in this area, offering an innovative menu, wine market and event space. The sadness will be in leaving all the personal relationships we’ve developed with our customers. We were honored to be part of many celebrations and milestones. I offer thanks and much affection to those who supported us continuously and loyally. You know who you are and you will be missed.”
Bread & Wine is closed on Mondays so it won’t be open tonight. Tuesday’s dinner service is its only one remaining.