A piece of classic Chicago is no more, as Red Apple Buffet is closed after 30 years in Logan Square. The Polish-American restaurant delivered the traditional all-you-can-eat smorgasbord with kielbasa, schnitzel, and pierogi. The restaurant has been closed for a week at 3121 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Block Club Chicago reported that the restaurant closed to make room for a new condo development. A Norwood Park location, in an area where much of Chicagoâ€™s Polish community lives, continues operation. Like the cityâ€™s German restaurants, which were once popular but are now an endangered species, all-you-can-Polish buffets are now rarities. Old Warsaw, in Northwest Suburban Harwood Heights, closed last year after 46 years. Ownership opened a smaller restaurant on Harlem Avenue, Polish Paczki Cafe.
Chicago still claims one of the biggest Polish immigrant populations in the world. Thatâ€™s why there are still solid Polish options like nearby Staropolska Restaurant, which has been around since 1984.