Ann Sather Swedish Cuisine and Catering will be opening a new location at 1147 W. Granville, the latest eatery to open in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. It is a high-profile entry to an LGBT enclave currently seeing fast-paced revitalization.
The over 65 year-old local restaurant chain, currently owned by out-politician Ald. Tom Tunney, (44th Ward), will be taking over the space vacated by Bananas Foster Café at the corner of Broadway Street and Granville Avenue. Neighbors were first to learn of the upcoming opening as coverings came down and Ann Sather notices were posted in the windows.
After several inquiries to his office, Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward), who represents the Edgewater neighborhood, issued a statement saying, “This is an exciting development for Granville as the street continues to grow commercially, becoming a vibrant hub for business.”
Osterman went on to thank former Ald. Marion Volini for her help in persuading Tunney to bring Ann Sather’s popular cinnamon buns to the neighborhood.
Chicago Phoenix learned from a representative at Ann Sather’s Andersonville location that an opening date has not yet been set, but is expected sometime in May. A look into the space reveals dining furniture and a point of sale machine already in place.
Ann Sather operates four locations in Chicago: 5207 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, 909 W. Belmont Ave. and 3416 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview, and a Boystown café at 3411 N. Broadway St..
The Granville corridor has seen an increase in new developments as restaurants Summer Noodles and Rice, Pete’s Pizzeria and Bakehouse, and m. henrietta — a sister establishment of Andersonville’s m. henry — recently joined already popular hangouts Metropolis Coffee Company and Thai Grill. The family-friendly establishments are frequented by the neighborhood’s large LGBT resident population.
Calls made to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce have not yet been returned.
Also a fixture of the Granville corridor is Gerber/Hart Library & Archives. Noted as the largest gay and lesbian library in the Midwest, the organization recently announced they are moving to Rogers Park.