Edgeville Buzz

FLATS Chicago Looking For Tenant To Anchor The Busy Broadway/Ridge Intersection

5600_RidgeAt 5600 N. Ridge (the corner of Ridge, Bryn Mawr and Broadway) stands a building that used to be a favorite local Mexican restaurant, El Norte. No matter what time of day, you could always find groups of people filling up on authentic Mexican food. The restaurant closed in 2012 unexpectedly and has sat empty since.

Outside the building is signage for FLATS and Cedar Street along with a colorful mural along one of the walls. It has been 3 years and the space remains empty. A few EdgeVilleBuzz readers reported that there was quite a bit of construction going on in and around the building, so we decided to go straight to the source to find out what the buzz was all about.

Jay Michael, the Co-Founder of FLATS and partner of Cedar Street told us, “We have no idea of what is going in the space yet. We have had some nice offers but not from the best possibilities for the neighborhood.  Ideally we will find a user that has a great food and beverage concept.” The current construction underway will not only make the building more attractive for a potential tenant, but also make sure the building is kept up to city code. “We are still in search of the perfect fit for the space,” says Michael.

At one point there was a sign on the facade calling for public idea submissions for the utilization of the space, but that website isn’t currently active. The building sits on an extremely active corner with a great deal of traffic leading cars to and from Lake Shore Drive. With 2 floors that overlook the busy intersection, it offers a prime location for a business that can serve the Edgeville community.

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