Jeanne Uzdawinis, ran popular Lincoln Square cafe, dies – Chicago Tribune

Jeanne Uzdawinis had a vision for a restaurant that would nourish not only its customers but its Lincoln Square community.

The result was Cafe Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., co-founded in 1983 with partner and friend Birgit Kobayashi and still going strong.

Kobayashi said she and Uzdawinis were both enthusiastic bakers who lived near each other but had never met until Uzdawinis whipped up something for a neighbor’s event.

“Jeanne sent a hazelnut cheesecake,” Kobayashi said. “ ‘Oh my God,’ I thought, ‘I’ve got to meet this woman.’ ”