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Yolk To Expand Breakfast Chain To Wicker Park, Bucktown

By Alisa Hauser | January 30, 2017 3:50pm | Updated on January 31, 2017 4:49pm
 Pot roast eggs benedict at Yolk
Pot roast eggs benedict at Yolk
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WICKER PARK — Rise and shine, Wicker Park and Bucktown: breakfast chain Yolk plans to open outposts this year in the two neighborhoods.

In Wicker Park, the outpost is scheduled to open this summer, joining an AT&T wireless shop on the ground floor of a 36-unit luxury apartment building at 1819 W. Division St., according to its website.

In Bucktown, Yolk would be part of the Aldi's redevelopment project at 1767 N. Milwaukee Ave. near the 606's Bloomingdale Trail, the restaurant's owner said.

The eatery is known for its large brunch menu with different spins on eggs benedict and omelets, plus chicken and waffles and some lunch staples like burgers

Wicker Park resident and Yolk fan Chris Degnan spotted an address for the new outpost on Yolk's website under a "coming soon" section.

"My first visit to Yolk was in Streeterville nearly five years ago and I always dreamed of the day it would make it over our way!" an enthusiastic Degnan said. 

Degnan said the breakfast spot "exemplifies the continued growth and attraction of Wicker Park."

Founded in 2006 by Taki Kastanis, Yolk has grown to 10 locations and claims to "push the envelope with new and creative breakfasts, specialty juices and our own private label premium coffee," its website says.

Yolk is also opening a restaurant in Downtown's Marina City at 340 N. State St., set for this summer, and another in Indianapolis.

Kastanis told the Tribune earlier this month that a lease had just been signed on Division Street and if everything goes as planned, he hopes to have 15 Yolk outposts in operation by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, Kastanis said, "With Chicago being our home base, naturally we want to expand to these amazing neighborhoods. We have signed Wicker Park and Bucktown … both to open this year."

"Typically we hire 25-30 staff members per location," he said.

Future home of Yolk, 1819 W. Division St. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

Yolk will join Aldi as a retail anchor at this 95-unit apartment building at 1767 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to Kastanis.