LOGAN SQUARE — After 15 years of dressing up (or down) for Halloween, Lula Cafe has announced this year's costume will be its last.
The beloved Logan Square café, 2537 N. Kedzie Ave., will throw a "quinceañera" this year — and the neighborhood is invited, according to Lula's assistant general manager Katherine Walker. A quinceañera is the celebration of a girl's 15th birthday in Latin America, complete with fancy dresses and decorations.
It will be the last year the restaurant dresses up, because “16 is just too old for that kind of thing,” Walker said coyly, stopping short of giving too many clues on the restaurant's final costume.
“We'll be dressed in pink, gold and white but all other costumes are welcome,” she said Tuesday. “The color theme is arbitrary, a 15-year-old whim. We wanted something over the top and totally suitable for a 15th birthday.”
There will be "fluffy dresses, mariachis and chocolate fountains," according to Lula's Instagram page.
Lula Café will be open for brunch Halloween day but will close at 2:30 p.m. to prepare for the final Halloween dress-up blow out. The café will open at 7 p.m. for a party that will go until midnight with a cash bar and free food among other treats.
“Like all good ideas [the annual dress-up surprise] came from one of our sous chefs,” Walker said of the original concept.
Lula has no plan to dress up next year, but Walker said she wasn’t ruling out a possible return.
“[It's] hard to top ourselves year after year,” she said. “We’re older now … but don’t forget, if Celine Dion can “unretire” twice so can we.
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