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Chicago Waffles Opening In Former Vincenzo's In West Loop

By Ariel Cheung | September 13, 2017 2:10pm | Updated on September 18, 2017 11:00am
 Chicago Waffles will open a second location in the West Loop later this year.
Chicago Waffles will open a second location in the West Loop later this year.
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WEST LOOP — Chicago Waffles is bringing its sumptuous menu packed with sweet and savory waffle dishes to a second location in West Loop.

The South Loop eatery expects to open at 1104 W. Madison St. in the next few months, ideally by Halloween, said owner Gary Kreymer.

"[The] West Loop is a great area," Kreymer said Wednesday. "I know it's really growing, and I have a lot of friends who live in the neighborhood. It's one of my favorite places to go."

The True West Loop Facebook page was the first to confirm that Chicago Waffles would open in the former Vincenzo's Pizzeria, which closed last year. Before the family friendly pizza spot opened in 2013, the space was home to the controversial Plush nightclub.

Chicago Waffles will replace Vincenzo's Pizzeria at 1104 W. Madison St. [DNAinfo/JoAnne Pazderski]

The booming West Loop neighborhood has a growing reputation as a dining destination, but Kreymer said he thinks there is a need for more breakfast places.

He opened the first Chicago Waffles at 1400 S. Michigan Ave. in 2011, while also running a deli with his uncle in Buffalo Grove, where he lives with his family.

But he hopes to continue to expand in Chicago and move to the city after his son graduates from high school, Kreymer said.

The West Loop seemed like the perfect spot to begin branching out. The second Chicago Waffles will have the same menu as the first, with a robust offering of waffle dishes.

For variety, the eatery offers a waffle flight for $13.95, giving diners a chance to sample the red velvet, chocolate, a crispy, brioche-like liege waffle and a green tea waffle, which come topped with blackberries, strawberries, bananas and hazelnut chocolate.

Savory options include a bacon and chicken-topped waffle ($12.95) and a short rib cheddar waffle ($13.95). The cinnamon roll waffle is topped with sliced cinnamon apples and caramel sauce, while the waffle sandwich comes with eggs and bacon between two mini waffle patties (both $9.95).

But there's way more than just waffles to choose from. Omelettes, French toast, housemade crepes, pancakes, skillets and sandwiches round out the expansive menu, as well.

Chicago Waffles offers delivery and catering and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.