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Rogers Park Cafe Nibbles And Nosh Closes After 4 Years On Sheridan Road: ‘It Is Time To Move On’

"We love you, Rogers Park, and it's been a helluva ride," owners Lindzi Shanks and Kat Connor said in a note to Nibbles and Nosh customers.

Roger Park's Nibbles and Nosh closed permanently Sunday.
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ROGERS PARK — Nibbles and Nosh has closed, ending a four-year run for the Sheridan Road brunch spot.

Nibbles and Nosh’s last day of service was Sunday, owners Kat Connor and Lindzi Shanks said in a note to customers. The decision comes after a brutal year for small businesses, during which Connor and Shanks adapted to stay open through the pandemic.

“While we have honored our time in this space, it is time to move on,” the owners wrote in a note posted on Facebook and the business’ storefront. “We love you, Rogers Park, and it’s been a helluva ride.”

Nibbles and Nosh, 6981 N. Sheridan Road, opened in spring 2017 under husband and wife Antony van Zyl and Antonia Connor, who are Kat Connor’s parents. The parents joined with their children to open Nibbles and Nosh and neighboring business Midnight Mac and Cheeserie. That summer, Kat Connor and Shanks opened XO Marshmallow, the world’s first marshmallow cafe, in the same Rogers Park building as the other family businesses.

By fall 2017, Nibbles and Nosh was closed to make extra space for Midnight Mac and Cheeserie, which saw large crowds in the months after its opening. Midnight Mac and Cheeserie closed at the end of 2019.

By early 2018, Connor and Shanks took over Nibbles and Nosh and revived the cafe. They renovated the building and hosted events, including a pajama party brunch and vendor pop-ups that featured woman-owned businesses.

When the pandemic hit Chicago in March 2020, the owners changed Nibbles and Nosh’s menu to make it more takeout friendly. They used the closed dining room for takeout orders and shipments for sister business XO Marshmallow, the duo told the Sun-Times.

“When we took over the space in 2018, we were faced with insurmountable obstacles, and we are proud to say that we have overcome so many odds to get to this point,” Shanks and Connor said in their letter to customers.

The duo did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

Customers were alerted on Wednesday of Nibbles and Nosh’s pending closure. The business hosted a vendor event called Local Girl Gang Pop-up over the weekend.

XO Marshmallow remains open, and Connor and Shanks mentioned in their note a “next chapter of our own story” and said they will share that announcement with the community.

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