Former breakfast place now truly toast

If you were hoping for a comeback of the Cat’s Eye Cafe just north of Lincoln Park (as we sort of were), closed since a crash last winter, finally there’s proof it’s just not going to happen. The sign’s not up yet as of tonight (though the permit application for it is in), but a Web site proclaims the building’s rebirth as a yoga/spiritual counseling business, the Four Aims Center. The center’s offerings sound intriguing — but the official demise of the Cat’s Eye leaves us a bit misty, as it’s the site of fond family memories from the latter half of the ’90s, when various major life events left us quite dependent on their morning muffins as well as incredible takeout soups and sandwiches. (We remember hearing that the people who ran it back then are the same ones who opened Circa in the late ’90s, but can’t find proof.)

2 Replies to "Former breakfast place now truly toast"

  • Tera September 18, 2006 (8:13 am)

    I visited the new Cactus onAlki Friday night around 7:00 waited for 1 1/2 hours to eat and finally decided to leave when I the 14 year old hostess give the table my friends and I had been waiting for, to four people that came in off the street. I asked the hostess “Whats Up?” and she said and I am not kidding, “Oh gosh I am so sorry I totally forgot about you guys” and laughed. I will say that on previous visits food was great service sucks.

  • Bob September 19, 2006 (1:39 pm)

    The Cat’s Eye Cafe was started by the folks who originated Circa in the Admiral District. Don’t remember their names however. Prior to that, Cat’s Eye’s previous lives included a stint as a deli for a few years, a wine/deli shop, and, for all of its first years, as a mom & pop grocery store — Lincoln Park Grocery. It was more commonly known as “the little store.” My folks operated it from 1970 through 1980. A slew of other owners owned it prior to that time.

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