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Cellar Door Provisions Opens on Diversey, Keeps Menu Local

By Victoria Johnson | February 7, 2014 8:40am
 Cellard Door Provisions opened Wednesday.
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LOGAN SQUARE — At Cellar Door Provisions, it's easy to eat local.

The new breakfast and lunch spot on Diversey Avenue opened Wednesday, serving up things like sandwiches with elderflower kefer, salads with smoked beets, sprouted rye and crispy kale, lamb leg and Breslin bean soup, and of course, their lovingly made artisanal bread.

"Everything is locally sourced," said one of Cellar Door Provision's new owners, Ethan Pikas. "Absolutely everything except for the olive oil and salt."

The new cozy spot on the corner of Diversey and Whipple will offer the above and more from Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The names on the menu reflect where the food comes from: Breslin, named for Breslin Farms in Ottawa, Ill., and Werp, for Werp Farm in Buckley, Mich.

On top of the savory items, Cellar Door Provisions will offer plenty of what owners Ethan Pikas and Tony Bezsylko specialize in — baked goods — such as scones, croissants, morning buns, buckwheat tarts and oat-and-mulberry cookies.

Don't expect the opening menu to stay long though.

"As we start up [the current menu] will be around, but it'll change a lot," said Bezsylko. "It might change in the middle of the week because we deal with such small farms."

Once or twice a month, they will also host special dinners featuring seasonal ingredients.

As for the Logan Square food and drink explosion, the pair said they and their three staffers are excited to be part of it.

"All five of us of that work here pretty much live in the neighborhood, and we're very excited to be working in the neighborhood we live in," Pikas said. "It was very much intentional because we like this neighborhood, and we wanted to contribute to it."