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The Belmont Cafe Quietly Opens, But Clarke's Diner Sign Remains

By Ariel Cheung | June 30, 2015 5:12pm

CENTRAL LAKEVIEW — The repainting job is finally over, and Belmont Cafe has arrived as quietly as Clarke's Diner left.

The Belmont Cafe opened at 930 W. Belmont Ave. in June after longtime 24-hour diner Clarke's closed its doors. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

For months, Clarke's, 930 W. Belmont Ave., kept its doors closed and its windows covered, with a sign reading "Closed for Painting" leaving neighbors in the dark for months.

In early June, however, Ald. Tom Tunney's (44th) office confirmed the permanent closing of the diner that sustained late-night Belmont Red Line passengers with breakfast food and world-famous burgers for years.

Over the weekend, however, The Belmont Cafe opened with little fanfare. Customers were seen Saturday night with classic diner food, and while the Clarke's sign remains, a new awning announces the cafe's presence on the east side of the train.

Check out its menu, which offers diner-style food like breakfast omelets and sandwiches, burgers and wraps:

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