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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl along with Evanston Aldermen Mark Tendam and Jane Grover participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 31 for the opening of the City’s newest restaurant, Central Street Café. The Central Street Café is located at 2800 Central Street.  

“A unique dining and retail establishment has come to Evanston and it’s right here in the 6th Ward. Mitch Dulin has studied the area and created a perfect complement to many of our other favorite restaurants and retailers,” said Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam. “There’s a lot of excitement about the Central Street Cafe coming to the neighborhood. I believe it will be huge success.”

The Central Street Café is a bistro-style café, which will also offer a cheese mart/Italian deli plus a small wine shop focusing on small-production wines and craft beers.

Proprietor Mitchell Dulin is the founder of Chardonnay Wine Bar and Cafe, a French-themed venue that offered good wine without the high markup typical in the United States. Mr. Dulin then ran the Venice Café, one of the first “fast casual” concept restaurants in Chicagoland, for many years. Last decade he designed, opened, and operated the Tuscan Market & Café, a combo gourmet food market, wine shop, upscale deli and cafe in Arlington Heights.
Mr. Dulin was awarded a Façade Improvement Program grant from the City of Evanston to absorb some of the costs associated with the installation of new awnings and illuminated signage. Additionally, Mr. Dulin and the property owner made extensive improvements to both the interior and exterior portions of the building.