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Dorothy’s Bistro Logan Square BBQ Spot Changes Concepts as Owners to Replace Flat and Point

Logan Square – The husband-and-wife owners behind Flat & Point have closed the BBQ-focused restaurant and re-opened the eatery as Dorothy’s Bistro, a neighborhood spot that offers Midwestern-inspired cuisine and in-house Serves a wide range of Bunny Bread.

To navigate the pandemic shutdown and carryout, Flat End Point owners Brian and Taylor Bruns launched a successful baking operation selling bagels at local farmers markets.

The owners have decided to take Flat End Point, 3524 W Fullerton Ave. in a more personal direction and place a less emphasis on BBQ, with the ultimate goal of opening a standalone bakery.

Dorothy’s Bistro is a tribute to one of Brian Bruns’ biggest influences, his grandmother Dorothy.

“We believe this name better embodies the true heart and soul of our restaurant and our future bakery,” the owners said in a news release.

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Apeline Salad at Dorothy’s Bistro, opening Friday in Logan Square.

Dorothy’s Bistro opens Friday at Flat End Point’s Fullerton Avenue storefront. Its revolving menu, inspired by French, German, and Austrian cuisine, includes lasagna with offal bolognese, a nod to a dish Brian Bruns ate growing up in the western suburbs, and dressed in charcuterie garni, or sauerkraut.

The restaurant will still serve some BBQ, including smoked ribs and pork belly, but will have an extensive, bistro-style menu, the owners said. Many recipes will include freshly baked bread. There will also be home-made pastries.

Brian Bruns, an alumnus of fine dining restaurant Spiaga & True, said the offerings are a better reflection of their culinary roots and aspirations.

Flat & Point began as a BBQ pop-up on Fullerton Avenue Beach, specializing in pork belly and brisket tacos.

But when the owners opened the Logan Square restaurant in 2019, the concept was “not entirely clear,” he said in the release. Flat & Point offered BBQ, but in the style of a fine-dining restaurant, serving dishes like Snake River Wagyu Brisket and Beets for $28.

“For years, we found ourselves explaining that we were not a BBQ restaurant. People came in thinking they were going to get a slab of ribs, and it was not,” said Brian Bruns.

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BBQ-focused restaurant Flat & Point is being replaced with Dorothy’s Bistro.

Dorothy’s Bistro is a casual counter-service restaurant that accepts walk-ins. Brian Bruns said he was having trouble retaining staff during the pandemic, so he abandoned the sit-down service for a more casual approach.

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“We want our neighborhood restaurant to be open to our customers so they can effortlessly pop-in and enjoy a casual and casual dinner with friends and family,” the owners said in the release.

On top of Dorothy’s Bistro, Brian Bruns said they plan to open a separate bakery and bagel shop within a year, hopefully in Lakeview or Lincoln Park. In the meantime, they will continue to sell bagels year-round at Green City Market as the new concept takes shape, he said.

Unlike Flat End Point, which was named after the components of the brisket, Dorothy’s Bistro is named after the individual.

Brian Bruns said he developed a love of cooking as a child experimenting in his grandmother Dorothy’s kitchen.

“It let me mix whatever I wanted, mess around as much as I wanted, and have fun. It was pure pleasure for me,” he said in the release. “Shortly after I would jump off the chair , gets tired, and goes off to take a nap. When I woke up, there was always a plate of cookies or brownies on the counter top (which was meticulously clean), and everything was put back where it came from. He always made me believe that I made those cookies or brownies from my ‘recipe’ and those things made everyone around us happy, which I love.”

The restaurant reflects that joy in the end, Brian Bruns said.

“I felt it right that for the first time in running this restaurant, we put a lot of things on our menu that I grew up eating or have nostalgia for. It all started with my grandmother,” he said.

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