Support Logan Square Kitchen at City Hall on Friday
By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 17, 2010 5:20PM
Logan Square Kitchen has had a tough first year. Despite their immense success, the support of their alderman and lots of love from the Chicago food press, the shared-kitchen concept simply doesn't fit in with current Chicago zoning laws, which can't seem to decide whether the spot is a shop, a restaurant or a production space. In reality, LSK is all three, and provides an important space in Logan Square for community organizing. It also allows start-up businesses who cannot afford their own store a place to manufacture products. The Chicago Reader ran an excellent profile of the owner, including her troubles with inspectors, multiple licenses, and the general incoherence of the city's response to these issues. The ridiculous rules and regulations (Can they have tables? Must they provide parking? What about event permits) have led the owner, Zina Murray, to predict that she will be out of business by January, regardless of her success as a business owner.
Finally, action is being taken. The city is holding an hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals this Friday, November 19th, at 9 AM. The hearing is on the second floor of City Hall. Logan Square Kitchen has asked that all friends and supporters make an effort to come, or to send the letter of support posted on their website. If you care about shared community space, support small local food businesses or are a resident or visitor to Logan Square, we recommend that you get involved.