Sad to See Heartland Cafe Go? You Can Own a Piece of It


If you’re still mourning the loss of the venerable Heartland Cafe, the Rogers Park health-food staple that closed at the end of last year, fear not.

The restaurant is hosting a garage sale this weekend.

“That’s right, we are having a garage sale!” restaurant management said in a Facebook Post. “Own a piece of the historic Heartland Cafe. Everything from glasses, plates, bar stools, fixtures, stoves, fridges and so much more! Wow!”

The sale will run Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The restaurant is located at 7000 N. Glenwood.

The Heartland opened in 1976, and quickly became a magnet for vegetarians and lovers of natural food options. It also grew into a neighborhood gathering place, hosting music, as well as cultural and political gatherings.

Sale of the building forced owner Tom Rosenfeld to sell. The restaurant closed Dec. 31.

In a post last year, Rosenfeld paid tribute to the spirit of the cafe, which he said was instilled by the original owners, Katy Hogan and Michael James.

“Heartland has always been a reflection of you –outspoken, politically active, funny, lovable, a little rough around the edges, served with a splash of opinion and some veggies with black beans and rice. On behalf of the neighborhood who holds up your creation as an iconic symbol of Rogers Park, I thank you for what you created here,” Rosenfeld said.

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