In the late 1960s, a group of people from the Northside neighborhood of Chicago started a cafe called Bluebird that started serving coffee and tea at a tiny coffee shop called the Bluebird.
The coffee was good and the tea was great, but the Bluebirds had a lot of issues, according to one of the founders, Tom Clements.
Clements, who is also the co-owner of the Blue Bird Cafe, says he and other founding Bluebird owners had a vision for a cafe that would be welcoming and welcoming to all people.
“We really wanted to do it in a way that would make everyone feel comfortable and at ease, but also make everyone smile,” Clements said.
The cafe became a community hub in the area and became known for its coffee and other local offerings, such as pancakes and macaroni and cheese.
The Bluebird cafe, which has since been shuttered, was founded in 1966 by Tom Coles, founder of the cafe chain Bluebird and the founder of Bluebird, Tom and Judy Clements, according.
Coles said he was surprised when he saw a story about a Blue Bird cafe in the Chicago Tribune about a year ago.
“I think that it was the first time I saw a Blue Birds store,” Coles said.
“I didn’t think it would be this iconic.
It was kind of amazing.”
The Chicago Tribune article said the Blue Birds was in the process of closing its Chicago store in February when it received a $20,000 donation from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Chicago Historical Society was notified of the closure by the museum, the museum said.
Bluebird’s last day was Monday.
The restaurant and cafe has been open for decades.
Clements is a co-founder of the Chicago-based nonprofit Chicago Cafe Project, which provides support to nonprofit cafes in the city and works to preserve them.
Clement said he hopes to reopen the BlueBird cafe as soon as possible, but is looking into whether it would need to be closed to do so.
“They need to know we’re not going to do that,” Caguesaid.
“It’s going to be fine.”
The BlueBird Cafe was not immediately available for comment.