LOGAN SQUARE — The popular Logan Square mainstay Cozy Corner Restaurant & Pancake House is set to get about a third bigger when it takes over the produce store next door in a few weeks.
Milwaukee and California Produce, which shares the building and lies between the California Blue Line station and Cozy Corner, is set to close Jan. 10 so Cozy Corner can tear down the inner wall and add some 20 seats to its current capacity of about 60.
Jessica Martinez, an employee at the produce store, said the owners are hoping to find a new home for the store in the neighborhood, but haven't secured a new location as of yet.
In the meantime, Cozy Corner manager Terri Rivera said the expansion is much needed.
The restaurant has been open since 1977 — it was a filling station before that — and has grown more popular than ever, particularly among those seeking a hearty hangover-easing breakfast on weekend mornings.
"There's times we have to turn people away because we're so busy," said Rivera, 60, who has worked at the restaurant on and off since it opened in 1977.
Though interior renovations will begin as soon as the produce store closes, Rivera said the major overhaul likely won't take place until March and will mean closing the entire restaurant for four to six weeks.
Still, she said she and other employees are looking forward to a bigger, better Cozy Corner.
"I'm excited," she said. "It will be a lot better with more room to fit people."