Half-caf double moccachino with a dollop of mashed potatoes?
To counter smaller crowds during evening hours, the Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Ave., three years ago began offering weekly family dinner nights. The dinners have become popular enough to add a second night.
Now every Tuesday and Thursday the Buzz offers a family dinner special. Menus consist of comfort food items, such as beef stew with corn, roasted pork chops with mushroom gravy, and Emma's Addictive Goulash, accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes, polenta cakes, a salad, rolls and so on.
"We're not known as a dinner place, but we're trying to change that a little bit," Buzz owner Laura Maychruk said.
"We don't try to get too extravagant," Maychruk said, adding that her chef can't make dishes too spicy or otherwise kid-unfriendly.
Each family night has one special selection, in addition to Buzz's regular menu.
Maychruk said Buzz sells between 40 and 50 family dinners each family night, and that she gets customers from two new next-door businesses, Majamas, 909 S. Lombard, and the aikido and yoga classes offered at the One Point Center, 911 S. Lombard. Maychruk owns the building the businesses are housed in.
She would like to offer family specials every night, but said the size of the Buzz kitchen limits its dinner service.
Dinners go for $8.95, with a kid-sized portion for $5.95. A BYOB license allows dinners to bring a bottle of wine or other adult beverages.