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Berwyn's Autre Monde wins business excellence award

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 5:36 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – Autre Monde Café & Spirits was recognized with the George W. Ashby Award for Business Excellence at the Berwyn Development Corporation’s (BDC) annual meeting Jan. 8.

Opened in 2011, the pan-Mediterranean restaurant and bar at 6727 W. Roosevelt Road was an adaptive re-use of a vacant storefront into a new destination restaurant. With the ambiance of a European wine bar, Autre Monde offers shared plates for dinner as well as Sunday brunch.

Autre Monde is the first Berwyn business to be recognized as a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand and the first independent Green Seal Certified business in Berwyn. It sets itself apart with farm-to-table sourcing and a seasonal menu built around the flavors of Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and Morocco.

The George W. Ashby Award for Business Excellence is a local honor named after one of Berwyn’s distinguished early architects. Mr. Ashby was responsible for the design of every grade school in Berwyn, as well as J. Sterling Morton High School.

The award is given annually to one Berwyn-based business that presents a professional and favorable image to Berwyn, provides quality goods or services, maintains a visually appealing space and practices high quality customer service to its patrons, according to a new release.

A total of eight businesses were nominated for the award in addition to Autre Monde, including Bryan Davids Landscaping, Classic Touch Hair Designers, Connie’s Family Restaurant & Cocktails, La Lupita Restaurant, Safelite AutoGlass, Berwyn’s Violet Flower Shop and World’s Largest Laundromat.

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