Saturday, January 5, 2008

Mather's More than a Cafe

Mather's More Than a Cafe is part of the Mather's Lifeways program. The mission of Mather's is (from their website)...

Simply, we enhance the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well. Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, we're dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing progressive practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care support, and empowering caregivers.

While the programs are focused on senior citizens, they operate 3 cafes which are open to the general public. One of them is located in Chatham, at 33 E. 83rd Street. It's a somewhat subtle building, easy to miss...but hard to forget.

i took my family there a short while back, and here are some of my observations:

  • Very friendly staff, eager to help you feel welcome

  • They accept credit cards (as opposed to some other local businesses, such as the 95th street "Welcome to the Cash Only Popeye's").

  • Mather's has a look and feel like a brand new coffeeshop, with soft music in the background

  • It's family friendly -- we were quickly able to get a nice high chair for my 2 year old

  • The pancakes have an apple-cinnamon taste, and are FANTASTIC, some of the best i ever had!

  • The food in general is proportioned in healthy servings. You probably won't have leftovers for home, but you also won't get overweight. You will enjoy your meal, however.

  • You can't beat the coffee prices!

  • They don't expect tips, unlike other cafes. i overheard the staff wondering what to do with my tip as we walked out the door. The service definitely deserves something extra!

  • Plenty of parking

Definitely something to check out!

Here's what the people of Mather's say about their cafe:

(From their website)

Enjoy fresh eggs any way you like them, golden French toast, and fluffy
pancakes. Or, you can select from an array of oven-warm pastries, cereals,
and other mouthwatering items to get your day off to a terrific start. Try a
hearty entrée, made-to-order deli sandwich, or an ethnic dish. Of course,
we're always serving the classics, like great burgers and grilled chicken
sandwiches. Plus, every Friday is our famous Fish Fry.

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A sample menu is here

Mather's More Than a Cafe

33 E. 83rd St., Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 488-2801
Café Manager: Beedie Jones
Assistant Café Manager: James Holloway

Interactive Map/Directions

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kitchen: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Kitchen: 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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