End of an Era: Chicago's Café Selmarie Says Farewell After 40 Delectable Years

End of an Era: Chicago's Café Selmarie Says Farewell After 40 Delectable YearsSource: Facebook/Cafe Selmarie
Richard M. Sullivan
Published on November 27, 2023

A jewel of Chicago's Lincoln Square is prepping to hang up its apron for good. Café Selmarie has announced it will shutter in early 2024, after a hearty run of 40 years, bidding adieu to the community it helped nurture into a buzzing urban pocket. The founder, Birgit Kobayashi, unveiled plans for retirement, welcoming a new phase of life that includes travel and leisure with her spouse, thus closing a chapter that began on a quaint storefront strip with the aroma of fresh pastries and the buzz of the neighborhood's first espresso machine according to abc7chicago.

Forays into the realm of Stollen, Linzer torte, and other pastry delights have been mainstays for generations of Chicagoans. The bakery remains committed to churning out Yule Logs and their signature Eggnog for one last holiday season. And while the recipes and Café Selmarie name aren't for sale, Eatz Associates, a powerhouse restaurant broker, is shopping around the establishment's tangible assets to culinary entrepreneurs eager to make their own imprint in Lincoln Square as per abc7chicago

Even the city's head honcho took a moment to acknowledge the bittersweet closure where Chicago's Mayor hailed Café Selmarie as a Lincoln Square institution, lamenting the loss while heaping on well-wishes for Kobayashi, her family, and the cafe's staff on their next endeavors as stated on X.