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Dawn Eatery, Chicago, IL

Dawn Eatery

4.3
4.3
102 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Everyday begins at Dawn and we invite you to begin yours with us! At Dawn A.M. Eatery we offer an array of southern inspired dishes, cocktails, and bakery items that will delight the senses. Our goal is to bridge generations through recipes in our vibrant yet comfortable space nestled in the historic Hyde Park Neighborhood. Just steps from the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th street beach, and the new Obama Presidential Center let Dawn become your next favorite dining destination!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Breakfast, Café
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 966-6522
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

Experiences

  • 🌸Mother's Day High-Tea Experience

    $40.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 12, 2024 only
    💐Celebrate Mother's Day in style with our exclusive "High-Tea Time: Mother's Day Experience" at Dawn A.M. Eatery! Treat your mom and indulge in the only luxurious High-Tea experience on the Southside of Chicago. 🤩Beautifully arranged tiers of savory bites and treats, accompanied by fragrant teas and cocktails crafted with Pierre Ferrand's finest spirits, and we're taking it up a notch by offering a table-side bouquet for each guest to present to their beloved mothers. Join us for a day filled with delectable delights starting at just $40 per person. Book your table now and make this Mother's Day one to remember at Dawn A.M. Eatery! No-shows and cancellations will not be refunded and a strict 90-minute table time will be enforced.

What 102 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Great for brunch

102 Reviews
  1. JasonW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Great customer service

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and the vibe was definitely there the service was a little slow but maybe because they just opened for the day but our waitress was great and super friendly and attentive when she was around lol.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great everything was good …but the service was poor …we sat for 20 mins before the waiter came

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  4. AMYH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I liked Dawn a lot. There was a wait time with our reservation; possibly as the carry-out line was in front with the reservation line. The food was good; the seasoning on the greens was too spicy for me, but the yams were great. Catfish fillets were good, as were the biscuits. It's a bit pricey, but I'll come again to support this business for sure! Beautiful spot.
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    We appreciate your support. Thank you for stopping by, come again soon.

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  5. Ladoris

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was so excited to check out this eatery and it wasn’t terrible, it just seems they were either understaffed or overbooked. My appetizers came out cold and I paid $5 for a lemonade that I finished in two gulps. I would give the food overall 3.5 out of 5, as some of it could have used more flavors, while the greens were a bit too salty. I’m going to give them another chance, as maybe they are still working out the kinks.

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  6. Drew

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is nothing short of amazing!! Delicious and quick!! I will be back!!!
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for this amazing 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again in the future.

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  7. GlendaB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and services were excellent!! The hostess need to work on their reservations process better. Z was a phenomenal server . Items were priced well and food came out hot and quickly.
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for being an amazing guest. We appreciate your support. Thank you for stopping by, come again soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great brunch with my friend this morning. The place is very cute, nice decore. The staff were very friendly. We shared the biscuits with honey butter, I had the shrimp and grits and my friend had french toast with eggs. The food was very delicious abd nuce size portions. Will definitely be back!
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for this amazing 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again in the future.

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  9. Dirty

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    the food is delicious - we were all very happy with it the service was terrible initially. it took 15 minutes before someone even brought us water and another 10 before the waitstaff appeared. food came out quickly which was good. drinks came out about 10 minutes after we were already eating and we only had pop (in a can) and iced tea

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was loud but drink was delicious and strong and food was amazing
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for this amazing 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again in the future.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The catfish fillets were very good. The hash side dish was bland and wouldn’t recommend. The biscuit basket is two large biscuits but amazing. Mac and cheese was good.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Jalapeño grits were delicious and great drinks.

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  13. GailT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we had a great experience at Dawn. I took the seniors (my mom and two aunts) for our monthly Saturday breakfast at Dawn and we all had an enjoyable time. We had reservations for nine and were promptly greeted and seated by the hostess (who was so personable). We tried the biscuit basket, which were enough for four and delicious. They were fluffy and were accompanied by a variety of spreads. The highlight of our breakfast were the shrimp and grits and the salmon croquettes. I was able to switch the rice for the jalapeño grits, and I’m glad I did, extreme good. Unfortunately, the pancakes missed the mark by being undercooked but the waitress was very responsive in acknowledging and making it right by replacing it with another item. Overall, Dawn is a welcoming addition to breakfast spots when you are looking for an atmosphere that is not over stimulated with loud music, decor, and trendy food. Highly recommend based on a diverse menu, customer service, and the overall aesthetics of the restaurant (brightness, openness etc) .

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  14. MarciaT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was excellent! Very good value for the price.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. The decor is great. Staff is friendly and professional. Finding parking if you don’t live in Hyde Park can be tough. Give yourself time before your reservation.

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  16. MPPP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fried catfish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Sweetkisses2luv

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was Very Delicious and service was good , just didn’t have a right ingredients to make a chocolate martini

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  18. Dedric

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon arrival the person behind the greeting stand answered a call and did not place them on hold to tend to live guests. Once seated waitress was great and attentive however our food came out cold. We definitely expected our food to be hot. As a result of that we did not enjoy our entree as much as we would have. Not only was the French toast cold it was under cooked. This the reason for the score.

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  19. Erica

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delish!!!! Service can use some polishing. Our drink order was incorrect and it took over 35 min to get the correct drink, however it was comped and our server was apologetic. I ordered the brioche French toast with my entree by the time it came out we were done and boxing up leftovers. I believe it was comped also. I think our server name was Kiara and she was very emphatic of our experience she went over and beyond to correct all she could and I will definitely return. I can’t stop thinking about those biscuits :)

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  20. TiyaS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I had a great experience. The food was awesome and the service was good. We had to wait a little past our reservation time, but the manager was very accommodating as we had to add one more to our reservation. The ambience was good for family, a girls brunch or a date. I had the pot roast and grits and oh my, they were amazing! I would get them every single time. Well done Dawn!!

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  21. Elle

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Much like 14 Parish (same owner), the food is meh. Fried green tomatoes and the raspberry lemon waffles are a hit. Fried chicken and fish, not so much.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After phenomenal experience, I will always go back every time I visit Chicago ❤️

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  23. candacec

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved my food Pot roast and Grits were everything! The Caramel was good as well! Love the decor and ambiance!

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  24. Lulu

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I look forward to my next visit to experience other exciting items on the menu.

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  25. RickeyaC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a reservation and was seated almost immediately. After being seated, we sat and waited for 20 minutes before we asked a server to come to our table. We had to remind our server for the things we asked him to bring to the table. The food was hot and fresh, just a tad bit bland (had to add salt and pepper). Overall, it was an okay experience. I will try this restaurant again to give them another chance.

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  26. RubyP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend and I enjoyed our meal so much, we wanted to sample everything on the menu! Service was prompt and friendly. Environment was clean, and not too congested. Will definitely go again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Took about 30 minutes before I order was taken. The food was delicious once we received it. The waiter very rarely came to check on us and we ended up having to go to the bar to get our own water refill. Overall a nice place with a good food, but they definitely need to hire more servers/waiters.

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  28. SharieH

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasteful, overall atmosphere was a vibe staff was nice and attentive.
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    We appreciate your support. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Come again soon.

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  29. Linda

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend & I were excited but that changed to disappointment. It was 30 min before the waitress took our order, another 45min before my friend received her food, I was not so lucky. Her fish was excellent, the sweet potatoes were ok but the mixed greens were tasteless & waterlogged. 15 min later, I received my order, burnt bacon, eggs, & no biscuit basket. It was going to be another 15 min before they would be ready did I want cornbread, WHAT? Cornbread, burnt bacon & eggs? I sent the order back, was offered a Belgium waffle, which was good & given the biscuit basket to go, no charge. I watched my friend eat her meal, then she watched me eat mine. They were truly very short staffed p. This was not a good experience for us.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Newer Hyde park restaurant that feels right at home. The salmon croquettes and fried green tomatoes were delicious and made to perfection. I really enjoyed the cocktail selections as well, a variety of options but more whiskey/bourbon options than you’d usually find. The ambience was inviting and bright, along with prompt and friendly service.
    Dawn EateryResponded on March 22, 2024
    Thank you for this amazing 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again in the future.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. I definitely will be dining there again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Because the restaurant is fairly new, it appeared to be a bit unorganized, especially with the staff managing reservations and walk-ins (it also could have been because it was St. Patty’s Day weekend) but overall my experience was good thanks to my server Kay. I will definitely be coming back.

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  33. StephieD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, the service was delightful and the restaurant is beautiful. The mimosas were delicious.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came out here for Sunday brunch with a friend and was greeted by the cutest hostess with amazing fashion sense. They have a dessert counter right in the front and it was so hard walking past it and not ordering one of everything! We found the willpower to walk past the sweets then gots lost in all of the tasteful and intentional designs from the whimsical light fixtures to the wallpaper and even the bar design! Also, we didn’t have to wait long for our seats since we had reservations. (Highly recommend reservations folks!) For starters, we ordered the bread basket and it comes with two huge biscuits and a flight of flavored butters. It is definitely a shareable dish. We tried to order the chicken skins but they were sold out already! Gotta get there earlier folks, it’s popular!! I am a sucker for soup and they’ve got a super hearty chicken noodle soup with perfectly cooked noodles and a hearty portion of chicken and veggies. Had to try the ice tea and their Arnold Palmer to get the full low country experience. I ordered the fried chicken with a side of hash and the Mac and cheese. My wife had the catfish with the jalapeno grits and greens. And our friend ordered the salmon cakes breakfast. All of these dishes are shareable with the amount of food! By the time we finished, we didn’t have any room for those previously mentioned sweet treats! We did have a minor hiccup with our order but the restaurant team was quick to address it and ensure we had a wonderful dining experience. I would highly recommend this classy, fresh and local spot for your next daytime meal!!!
    Dawn EateryResponded on March 10, 2024
    We apologize that this occurred during your visit with us. We appreciate you for keeping us informed and encourage you to inform management about the problem during your visit so we can correct any issues immediately. Our goal is for you to enjoy your experience, and if that isn't happening please let your server or the manager on duty know and we will promptly resolve the issue to the best of our ability.

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  35. VenusO

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was amazing, the food was good and it wasn't overly crowded. Hidden Gem
    Dawn EateryResponded on March 11, 2024
    Thank you, Venus! We appreciate your feedback, and we are happy to hear you had an amazing time! Come again soon.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & experience + super close to the museum of science & industry. Will be back!

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  37. MsJ80

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cute place to check out before we headed to the Wine Fest at the museum. Had reservations and was seated right away. Our server was pleasant. Outside of the fried green tomatoes, our food was delicious. I had the blackened catfish with the greens and yams. The greens has a little kick to them but I enjoyed it. Everyone else had the fried catfish and equally enjoyed. No one got the Mac and cheese after reading the past reviews so I can’t help there. Will definitely return.
    Dawn EateryResponded 2 days ago
    We appreciate your support and feedback. Thank you for stopping by, come again soon.

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  38. Lynda

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best eat it experience I’ve had in ages! The food was scrumptious and the service was old-school excellent!! My server Kayla was above and beyond. I will be return to Dawn Restaurant!
    Dawn EateryResponded on March 11, 2024
    Thank you for your 5-star review, Lynda! See you again soon.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. JuanitaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The location, surrounding and the food is very nice; I had a great time there with my First Lady. Thank you

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten at Dawn several times since they opened. The food is consistently spectacular and the service is steadily improving. I have recommended it to everyone I know!

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FAQs

Dawn Eatery is rated 4.3 stars by 102 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Dawn Eatery

1642 E 56th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Hyde Park
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Breakfast, Café
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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