A piece of classic Chicago is no more, as Red Apple Buffet is closed after 30 years in Logan Square. The Polish-American restaurant delivered the traditional all-you-can-eat smorgasbord with kielbasa, schnitzel, and pierogi. The restaurant has been closed for a week at 3121 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Block Club Chicago reported that the restaurant closed to make room for a new condo development. A Norwood Park location, in an area where much of Chicago’s Polish community lives, continues operation. Like the city’s German restaurants, which were once popular but are now an endangered species, all-you-can-Polish buffets are now rarities. Old Warsaw, in Northwest Suburban Harwood Heights, closed last year after 46 years. Veteran bakers who worked at that restaurant opened a smaller restaurant on Harlem Avenue, Polish Paczki Cafe.
Chicago still claims one of the biggest Polish immigrant populations in the world. That’s why there are still solid Polish options like nearby Staropolska Restaurant, which has been around since 1984.