I loved learning about today’s featured business: Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar, located at 5553 N Clark Street in Andersonville. In this episode, owner and Sommelier Lindsey Anderson shares why she started the business back in 2019 as a place for education and exploration of wine, small plate dining, and food and wine pairings. She also shares a bit about her pandemic pivots, challenges, and successes, including virtual wine tastings and deliveries all over the Chicagoland area. We also dig into her exciting news around Uvae’s expansion into the storefront next door on November 1, which will become the Uvae Fromagerie and Tasting Room, and what will new space will be used for.  So without further ado, grab a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy today’s episode with Lindsey Anderson from Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar.

In Lindsey Anderson’s interview we discuss:

  • Her education at Kendall College and background in hospitality set the stage for opening Uvae 
  • Teaching sommelier certification classes at Kendall College
  • Signing a lease for Uvae in 2018, and why she chose Andersonville
  • Opening in 2019, six months before the pandemic hit
  • A bit about the concept of Uvae: education and exploration, small plate dining, food and wine pairings
  • Pandemic challenges: attempting to-go food, virtual tastings, expanding their customer base outside of Andersonville, delivering tasting wines all over the Chicagoland area
  • Using the dining room while the restaurant was shut down to host maker markets
  • Expanding in November 2021: Uvae Fromagerie and Tasting Room, including a shopping and space for private events
  • Challenges with current labor and supply shortages
  • Supporting and collaborating with local businesses in the Tasting Room: Twidley Bits, Tasting India 

Lindsey’s nominations

  • City Olive – Karen – 5644 N Clark St (Andersonville), gift shop
  • Little Madrid – Francisco – authentic BYOB restaurant Spanish cuisine – 5661 N Clark St (Andersonville)

Check out a sneak peek of the Fromagerie & Tasting Room!

5553 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640