Robert Singer, left, of Inspiration Corporation, Seventh Ward Alderman Jane Grover, Mitchell Dulin, proprietor of Central Street Café, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam celebrate the café’s opening.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Sixth Ward Alderman Aldermen Mark Tendam andSeventh Ward Alderman Jane Grover participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31 for the opening of the City’s newest restaurant, Central Street Café, 2800 Central St., formerly the home of Blockbuster Film Rentals. 

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

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

Proprietor Mitchell Dulin is the founder of Chardonnay Wine Bar and Café a French-themed venue on Halsted in Chicago. H e then ran the Venice Café, one of the first “fast casual” concept restaurants in Chicagoland. Subsequently he 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 grant from the City of Evanston to absorb some of the costs associated with the installation of new awnings and illuminated signage. He and the property-owner also made extensive improvements to both interior and exterior of the building.