A storied suburban diner that’s served up consolation meals for greater than half a century will put down roots in Chicago for the primary time: Evanston’s famed Sarkis Cafe is slated to debut a second location subsequent month in Avondale as a carryout and delivery-only operation at 3517 N. Spaulding Avenue. The restaurant is slated to open on December 15, however might launch even earlier, based on proprietor Marla Cramin.
The cafe’s many followers could also be relieved to know that Cramin doesn’t intend to mess with a very good factor: they’ll nonetheless rely the same selection of authentic sandwiches, omelets, and different breakfast gadgets, together with well-liked hit the Loretta (bacon, ham, turkey, chorizo, carnitas, or vegetable, melted white cheese, inexperienced peppers, tomato, onion, mayo, French bread) and the Catastrophe (floor beef Armenian sausage, melted white cheese, inexperienced peppers, tomato, onion, French bread). There is only one caveat: the Avondale location will settle for playing cards, whereas the Evanston restaurant stays money solely.
“We actually plan to vary completely nothing,” she says. “What works in Evanston will definitely work in Chicago… It’s the identical recipes, the identical folks — simply in a special spot.”
Cramin, whose late husband purchased the restaurant from founder Sarkis Tashjian in 2000, says she’s been hoping to open a metropolis location for a while. Although the pandemic has wreaked havoc on almost each nook of the hospitality trade, Cramin says her enterprise has remained steady because of inexpensive costs and generations of loyal clients.
“Pickup and supply lends itself so properly to the pandemic with extra folks at dwelling,” Cramin says. “Making meals for your self at dwelling will get boring — if you will get your repair of Sarkis, why the heck not? It looks as if an ideal time to do that.”
Ultimately, she’d prefer to arrange a dine-in location in Chicago, however as COVID-19 numbers and rules fluctuate, she’s busied herself with extra speedy initiatives. Cramin says she’s as a substitute thinking about pursuing a 3rd location in suburban Buffalo Grove.
Based in 1965, Sarkis Cafe grew to become an establishment largely attributable to its vivacious founder. Tashjian was the son of Armenian Genocide survivors, according to Block Club Chicago, and earned a passionate following over his 35-year tenure planting kisses on the cheeks of regulars and treating each buyer as a pal. Cramin says that one-on-one relationship with clients is what she misses most through the pandemic — checking in on private information like weddings, graduations, and faculty admissions. Although the eating room is closed attributable to Illinois’ indoor eating ban, the Evanston restaurant is open for out of doors seating in heated tents, in addition to carryout and supply.
Information of the forthcoming spot, first introduced on Facebook, has result in an enormous inflow of calls and texts from delighted locals. “Persons are asking, is it actually you?” Cramin says, laughing. “As a result of we’ve had a few folks imitate, however by no means replicate!”
Cramin has beforehand introduced two separate lawsuits against her brother, Scott Jaffe, who opened Sarks in the Park in Lincoln Park and Uptown Diner in Highland Park. Each fits, in 2012 and 2015 respectively, claimed the eating places touted a false affiliation with the unique Sarkis Cafe and copied its menu, according to the Tribune. Jaffe ran the unique Sarkis for 10 years; Sarks within the Park closed in 2016.
Block Club first reported this story.
Sarkis Cafe, 3517 N. Spaulding Avenue, Scheduled to open December 15 for carryout and supply.