Traditional Turkish food, pizza and barbecue, plus other restaurant openings
Cafe Istanbul has opened in Lakeview and is serving traditional Turkish fare.
Cafe Istanbul has opened in Lakeview and is serving traditional Turkish fare. (Mustafa Guler)
Mustafa Guler thought he was retiring for good after he sold his Turquoise Restaurant in Roscoe Village last year. He was looking forward to relaxing and spending time with family, so he flew to Turkey to do just that.
Little did he know that he would meet a handful of chefs who would change his mind. After he ate their food and learned of their interest in opening a restaurant in Chicago, he decided he would help facilitate that.
Just seven months later, Guler, 53, is back at work with one location of Cafe Istanbul already open in Lakeview and another, larger location planned for Wicker Park with the same name, slated to open in the next month or so.
The restaurants specialties will include wood-roasted lamb doners, chicken gyros, kebabs, pita and thin-crust Turkish pizza with ground beef and seasoned vegetables, all cooked with charcoal or wood. There will also be Turkish pastries and other baked goods.
Guler said that since opening last week, the first location has been consistently busy and has received many compliments from the community.
I feel good, Guler said. It makes me happy that people are coming in. Its a very nice feeling.
Lakeview, 3037 N. Clark St., ; Wicker Park location, 2014 W. Division St., is coming.
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