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Andersonville’s First Slice Pie Cafe Expanding Business

Andersonville has many businesses that thrive on community support. One that truly stands out is First Slice Pies at 5357 N Ashland Ave. The neighborhood eatery, which offers much more than just pies, has exemplified the spirit of the area.

The company has garnered much praise through the years and even got Martha Stewart’s attention as she named it one of her favorite Chicago pit stops when in town. However, with all the success that owner and chef Mary Ellen Diaz has gotten, the popularity meant a packed Andersonville eatery with the usual wait.

So when the old Green Sky Retail space closed next door, Diaz saw the chance to expand the business and offer her patrons more room to enjoy her cuisine. Currently there are only four tables at the cafe. When finished, the extra space will provide seating for about 15 additional people.

“Our original thought when we heard Green sky was closing was one of sadness, because we were losing our neighbor,” said First Slice Manager Chelsea Milligan. “But we are also super happy to finally be able to provide more space for our cafe guests and provide them a different environment.”

The new space will have a long table for shared space seating and a ‘living room’ type area beyond that with casual seating so people can hang out. There is also a screened-in porch area in the back that they plan to incorporate with the current outdoor seating they utilize in warmer months.

“It will be a space where people can come enjoy a slice of pie, or even dinner, and then have a space just to hang out and relax,” Mulligan added.  “We are also looking forward to the option of holding community or personal events here.”

Remodeling has already began and the floor is currently being altered for the new room. It will be a bit of a struggle, but Mulligan is hoping to have the cafe expansion open for the Andersonville Dinner Crawl on August 9.


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