CHICAGO—On Monday, July 15, Geja’s Café, 340 West Armitage, will encourage feuding couples everywhere to forgive each other on National Get Out of the Doghouse Day by offering diners who indicate that they are they are hoping to “get out of the doghouse” complimentary chocolate fondue with the purchase of a premiere dinner. Considered the most romantic restaurant in Chicago and voted as one of the “Top 10 Places to Kiss in Chicago” by HoneymooninChicago.com, an unofficial Geja’s “house rule” has always been that anyone who loses food from their fondue fork in the pot must kiss their date, and this “rule” will be strongly in effect at Geja’s Cafe that evening. Geja’s Café is the restaurant of love, having been the site of 132,750 first dates and 16,124 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 306 tons of cheese fondue and over 917,500 bottles of wine over its forty-eight year existence.
John Davis founded Geja's Café in 1965 on Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. For six years, the restaurant operated in that location, serving as a Bohemian enclave for artists and writers. In 1969, Davis began the Geja's Wine Society, one of the nation's oldest tasting groups, and the restaurant began to be known as Chicago's first "wine bar." In need of additional seating, Davis relocated Geja's to its current Armitage Avenue location in 1971, where the restaurant continues to thrive. The original 1965 bar and many of the fixtures are still a part of the restaurant’s charming atmosphere. Today, Geja's Café continues to be voted "Chicago's Most Romantic Restaurant" by numerous local and national publications. In 1993, CNN featured the café as the "Best Fondue Dining" in North America. In 2008, Food Network Channel featured Geja’s as the Ultimate Romantic Dipping Place in North America and in 2010 it was named one of America’s 50 Most Romantic Restaurants by OpenTable.
Known for intimate fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. An enchanting wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. Live flamenco and classical guitarists provide romantic accompaniment.
Hours for Geja’s Café are Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For more information, please call 773.281.9101, or visit www.gejascafe.com.