Family Grounds Closing Up Shop

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Family Grounds Cafe, 3652 N. Lincoln Ave., is set to close Dec. 21. Credit: Mike Fourcher

After three years of serving up cafe drinks, comfort foods, sandwiches and soups, Family Grounds Cafe, 3652 N. Lincoln Ave., will close its doors for the final time on Dec. 21.

The announcement was posted on cafe’s website and Facebook page yesterday.

“Dear friends, thank you for your support over the past 3+ years!” the announcement read. “We enjoyed watching kids and families grow. But now, it’s time to start a new chapter, cast a net, take scene two and begin a new journey.”

Brady Tenbrink, co-founder of Family Grounds, said that the decision to close was driven mainly by finances, but there were other factors as well.

“The time and energy that it takes to run a small business with a large overhead [factored into the decision],” she said. “We also have three young children.”

The elimination of the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus was not part of the reason for the closure, she added.

Tenbrink said that she hopes customers will remember the cafe as a place they could gather at and be treated like family.

“I hope that they’ll see it as a warm, loving place where they always felt welcome and where they hopefully built some lasting friendships and good memories with their families,” she said.

Tenbrink said she’ll take away a lot from Family Grounds’ time on Lincoln Avenue about what it takes to run a business, in addition to the personal satisfaction of being part of the community.

“We’ll take away the memory of being part of a really great community in the best city, Chicago, and being able to serve families and give them time where they can enjoy each other, their children and their friends,” she said.

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