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Boulevard Bistro celebrates first anniversary

North Branch Works
January 17, 2024

We’d like to congratulate owner Daria Pruska and her team at Boulevard Bistro (2753 N Western Avenue) on recently completing their first year in business.

A woman-owned, family business, Boulevard Bistro serves delicious breakfast and lunch dishes from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

Prior to opening Boulevard Bistro in the 32nd Ward, Daria worked for the previous restaurant, Cornerstone Café, for over ten years.

Her extensive knowledge of the menu and strong relationships with customers positioned her to start her own business.

She often dreamed about launching her restaurant, an opportunity that presented itself when Cornerstone Café, a well-known, go-to destination unexpectedly closed in October of 2022.

The North Branch community is fortunate that instead of losing this gathering space to a chain restaurant, Boulevard Bistro opened.

Over the past year, NBW staff worked closely with Daria, helping her apply for and obtain a $25,000 national grant from the Greg Hill Foundation and Grubhub Community Fund.

Securing this grant helped the business get ahead by paying for new refrigerators and the installation of new floors.

Supporting small businesses like Boulevard Bistro is a great way to circulate local dollars through our economy multiple times.

Some of our staff's favorite dishes include the Biscuits and Gravy, Southwest Salad, Turkey Sausage Scrambler, Denver Omelet, and the Mushroom Swiss Hamburger.

If you came on Bike the North Branch and Albany Park last summer, you might remember our tour ended with lunch at Boulevard Bistro.

The restaurant has become a neighborhood destination. Boulevard Bistro’s cozy, quiet, and relaxed atmosphere is perfect for meetings and business breakfasts and lunches.

Our members and supporters can support the restaurant by visiting and ordering food for pickup.

We recognize how much work goes into managing and operating a restaurant and your incredible achievements to date.  They are an inspiration to our staff.

North Branch Works looks forward to your continued growth and connecting you to grants, city programs, and our members.

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