Central Street Cafe Closes; Business For Sale

Evanston’s Central Street Cafe, 2800 Central St., shut its doors for good last weekend. The bistro-style cafe and retail wine and cheese shop opened in August 2011.

Evanston’s Central Street Cafe closed its doors for good last weekend, and the business is up for sale, according to Mitchell Dulin, the former owner and leaseholder of the property.

Sunday was the last day of business for the restaurant at 2800 Central St., which opened in the summer of 2011. The restaurant had a bistro-style café and a selection of wine and cheeses for retail sale, among other offerings. 

Dulin said he owned and operated the business from August 2011 until he sold it to new owners and operators in October 2012. The new owners and operators closed the business last weekend, he said.

He is currently opening another restaurant in Wilmette, called The Avenue. The 9,000 square-foot restaurant is expected to open by Memorial Day Weekend at 1144 Wilmette Ave., according to the Chicago TribuneA menu posted in the window includes such dishes as New York strip steak, seafood ravioli with lobster-chive sauce and an extensive wine and craft beer selection. 

Dulin still holds the lease on the property at 2800 Central St., and said he has not yet decided what to do with the space.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story contained inaccurate information about the chef at Central Street Cafe. We sincerely regret the error.

Are you excited for The Avenue to open in Wilmette? What other businesses would you like to see move into the downtown area? Let us know in the comments below!


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