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Breakfast Lunch Craft Cocktails Cafe Coffee Brunch Now Open

Kanela Breakfast Club, located at 500 N Lakeshore Drive in Streeterville, is now open. Kanela is a breakfast, lunch and contemporary brunch concept that features a sweet and savory menu created by Executive Chef Don Penza (Municipal Bar + Dining Co., Frontier). This is the fourth Kanela to open in Chicago with previous locations in Lakeview, Old Town and Wicker Park. The newest Kanela is owned by restaurateur Chris Lardakis and partner Alexi Giannoulias (former Illinois State Treasurer).

Serving the finest and freshest ingredients available, Kanela opens daily beginning at 6 a.m. and offers coffee and lattes to-go. Exclusive to the new Streeterville location is fresh baked donuts, cookies, brownies, pastries and pies from Bang Bang Pie Shop. The location also features a full liquor bar with blood marys and mimosas as well as a fresh squeezed juice bar with smoothies.

The new Kanela in Streeterville mimics the look and feel of the other locations.

The Restaurant
The Streeterville restaurant mimics the look and feel of the other Kanela locations and is warm and cozy with deep earth tones and dark wood accents. Vintage chandeliers, brown leather banquettes and red oak tables give the restaurant a modish charm. The space also has diner-style counter seating surrounded by white subway tiles with walnut cladding covering the walls. There is seating for approximately 90 people as well as a patio with a capacity for 42 guests. Pay-for street parking will be available. All Kanela locations features free Wi-Fi, making it the perfect spot to dine while working.

Kanela Chocolate Bacon Waffle
The Bacon Infused Waffle at Kanela

Created by Executive Chef Don Penza, the menu is similar to that of the Lakeview, Old Town and Wicker Park locations featuring seasonal brunch favorites and Greek specialties made from scratch in-house. New summer menu items include Chicken and Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Nutella S'mores Waffle, Monte Cristo and Lemon Blueberry Pancakes. A kid's menu, Julius Meinl coffee and signature Kanela fresh-squeezed juices are also available.

Kanela sources its ingredients from local farms and producers including Wayne Farms (chicken) and Herburcks Farms (organic eggs) in Michigan. All fresh berries and asparagus are also sourced from independent Michigan farms. Kanela uses grass fed beef from Tallgrass Beef Company, a company founded by Chicago TV personality and anchor Bill Kurtis, which has certified farms throughout the Midwest.

Bloody Mary
Kanela's Signature Bloody Mary

About Executive Chef Don Penza
A graduate of The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago, Chef Penza was formerly the Executive Chef for Municipal Bar + Dining Company and an integral part of opening Frontier under Chef Brian Jupiter. He has also helped open two rooftop venues in Wrigleyville. Competition and the desire to be successful, all while delivering a quality product, are what drive him. Chef Penza has participated in Bon Appetite's 6th Annual Chicago Gourmet and From The Chef's Table, The 36th Annual Restaurateurs Event, benefitting the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Scholarship Initiative.


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