When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that city licensing procedures would be streamlined in an attempt to aid small businesses, he chose to do it at Logan Square Kitchen.
The 3-year-old business, which rents hourly kitchen space to budding food entrepreneurs, was presented as a perfect example of a novel Chicago venture that nurtures other small businesses and could use some nurturing from the city.
But less than a month after Emanuel's announcement, Logan Square Kitchen owner Zina Murray reported she will soon close her facility, citing continued red tape from the city.
Murray said the 20 businesses operating in her shared kitchen and event space will have to find new homes by June 28. She has leased the space to owners of The Chicago Diner.
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