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EvaDean’s finally opens in downtown Wilmette

EvaDean’s finally opens in downtown Wilmette

With a pastry case colorfully stocked, a menu filled with elevated comfort classics, and sun shining through a window-paneled facade, EvaDean’s Bakery and Cafe opened for business on Leap Day, Thursday, Feb. 29, in downtown Wilmette.

Opening day was an extended time coming for the much-anticipated breakfast-lunch spot, word of which was first reported by The Record almost exactly two years ago, on March 2, 2022.

EvaDean’s, 1115 Central Ave., originally hoped to open in mid-2023, but a series of delays, primarily related to equipment acquisition and construction, pushed opening into 2024.

With that in mind, Thursday got here with a significant exhale for EvaDean’s leaders Jordana and Garrett VanBergen.

EvaDean’s is now open within the constructing formerly occupied by Lad & Lassie.

“Feeling pretty good,” Jordan VanBergen said. “The last week got here with an enormous push, but it surely’s finally here. Definitely a way of relief.”

EvaDean’s took over the space at 1115-1117 Central Ave. in Wilmette after two years of emptiness following the 2020 closure of 67-year-old Wilmette business Lad & Lassie.

In 2021, the Downer family — led by Jordana’s father, Jory Downer, owner of Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston — began discussions with the Village to open EvaDean’s under the leadership of the VanBergens. The edges agreed on an incentive package that included shared use of Veteran’s Park simply to the east of its constructing.

Garrett VanBergen is the top chef on the restaurant side, Jordana VanBergen is the lead within the bakery, and Jory Downer plays an important role on each side of the business.

EvaDean’s has separate entrances for its bakery and its restaurant. The bakery, which opens day by day at 7 a.m., serves artisan breads, coffees, and homemade pastries, corresponding to croissants, doughnuts, muffins, and more. Within the adjoining space, starting at 8 a.m., the restaurant offers breakfast and lunch specialities, including French-style omelets and brioche French toast, a crispy chicken thigh sandwich, and kale caesar salad. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. day by day and the dining room at 8 a.m.

EvaDean’s also serves beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.

“Our tagline for that is contemporary classic,” Garrett VanBergen said.

EvaDean’s incorporates the sensation of Americana bakeries and diners, just like the ones Jordana VanBergen grew up visiting along with her family. The ceilings are textured and high. The wall shelves appear like folded shutters and hold kitsch, like decorative plates and cookbooks. The counter stools await patrons in search of coffee and pie.

“It’s a little bit antiquey, but modern,” Jordana said.

When the weather warms, and stays that way, a handful of EvaDean’s tables will appear in adjoining Veterans Park.

Until March 4, EvaDean’s is taking reservations only, which could be made online, for its dining room; though, the bakery is open for normal business: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. day by day.

Parking can also be available within the rear of the constructing, on top of the spaces along Central Avenue.

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