Fritz Pastry Closes, To Reopen In 2 Weeks

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Photo: courtesy Fritz Pastry

Fritz Pastry, the well-liked bakery known for its croissants and macarons at the east end of West Lakeview (or whatever you want to call Diversey and Southport), has closed under its original owners, but will reopen in a couple of weeks. According to the Roscoe View Journal, original owners Nathaniel Mead and Elaine Heaney went out with one last busy morning of sales yesterday, saying goodbye to customers and largely selling out by 10:30. New owner Travis Schaffner, who has Wicker Park's Wormhole, has brought in baker James Gray, former owner of Dozen Bake Shop in Pittsburgh, who will spend the next couple of weeks testing recipes as renovations are done; an exact date isn't set for reopening. Mead and Heaney plan to spend more time with their young children, but according to the report "hinted at a coming return to Chicago’s restaurant scene at a West Loop location to be announced."