COURTESY OF BERWYN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Berwyn, IL (January 2014) Autre Monde Café & Spirits, 6727 W Roosevelt Road, (autremondecafe.net ) was recognized with the George W. Ashby Award for Business Excellence at the Berwyn Development Corporation's (BDC) Annual Meeting on January 8, 2014. Opened in 2011, this pan-Mediterranean restaurant and bar was an adaptive re-use of a vacant storefront into a new destination restaurant. Autre Monde has the ambiance of a European wine bar and offers shared plates for dinner as well as Sundaybrunch. Autre Monde's list of accolades are many, including their most recent honors as the first Berwyn business to be recognized as a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand and the first independent Green Seal Certified business in Berwyn. Autre Monde sets itself apart with farm-to-table sourcing and a seasonal menu built around the flavors of Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and Morocco. The staff provides excellent customer service and the business is known for its generous support for community organizations.
The George W. Ashby Award for Business Excellence is a local honor named after one of Berwyn's distinguished early architects. Mr. Ashby was responsible for the design of every grade school in Berwyn as well as J. Sterling Morton High School. The award is given annually to one Berwyn-based business that presents a professional and favorable image to Berwyn, provides quality goods or services, maintains a visually appealing space, and practices high quality customer service to its patrons. A total of eight businesses were nominated for the award, including Autre Monde Café & Spirits, Bryan Davids Landscaping, Classic Touch Hair Designers, Connie's Family Restaurant & Cocktails, La Lupita Restaurant, Safelite AutoGlass®, Berwyn's Violet Flower Shop and World's Largest Laundromat.