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Mimi’s Cafe in Algonquin closes

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 11:29 a.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – Mimi’s Cafe in Algonquin closed Monday.

The chain restaurant, which opened at 2561 N. County Line Road in 2008, was shuttered because of poor performance, Mimi's Cafe spokeswoman Christina Fumia said.

“The development and growth plan for the surrounding area did not occur as we expected, resulting in challenging local economics and less-than-desirable performance of this particular location,” she said in an email to the Northwest Herald. “Employees at the Algonquin location will have the opportunity to relocate to another Mimi’s Cafe if desired, or receive severance pay.”

It wasn’t clear how many employees were affected.

A voice message left on the restaurant’s main phone number Tuesday said the decision to close was “difficult.”

“We’ve truly enjoyed being part of the Algonquin community,” the message said.

Fumia echoed that message.

“We appreciate the time we were able to treat the people of Algonquin to a delicious taste of France at Mimi’s,” she said in the email. “We remain excited about our presence in Illinois and look forward to continuing to serve the people of the [Chicago] area.”

Mimi’s Cafe, a French-inspired casual dining restaurant, has about 145 locations in 24 states. It’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms Inc.

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