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Chicago Grind Cafe Opens Monday, Offers Broadway New ‘Local’ Option

ChicagoGrind2Local business owner Jim Dababneh decided to put himself to the test. With a very successful local business (Pizzeria Aroma) already scoring big in the neighborhood and many loyal fans, Jim was looking for another professional challenge. When he found the opportunity to take over the space previously occupied by Coffee Chicago at 5256 N. Broadway, he decided this was his next venture.

Jim said, “Professionally, it was necessary for me to grow, so I decided to open Chicago Grind as my next business. With my other restaurant, Pizzeria Aroma less than a block away, it offered me the chance to walk back and forth to each location easily. I am a very hands on owner who enjoys interacting with my customers.”

However, this opportunity had its challenges and it was clear that the entire space needed a new brand, look and feel. With many of the usual obstacles along the way, Chicago Grind has gotten a fresh face lift and will open officially at 6:30 a.m. this Monday morning.

The new space is warm and inviting with a cozy area of couches and new tables and chairs where people can work easily or just relax. The upgrades are also behind the counter with new refrigerated cases and appliances. Top of the line coffee and espresso machines will ‘grind’ out coffee from local favorite Bow Truss Coffee Roasters made right in Lakeview. The daily selection will include premium pastries and cakes including gluten free desserts from Real Deal Desserts such as a salted caramel sensation cake and vanilla bean mousse cake. Also expect La Briola muffins and danishes plus delicious cakes from Omega Bakery.The cafe will also offer a full service sandwich, flat bread and salad menu. For the morning commuter, stop in for special morning selections.

Jim is committed to the space being attitude free and non-stuffy. His vision is a place where the artist type can come in and relax right next to CTA bus driver on his break. He wants to create a neighborhood space because he loves the community. He said, “personally I am replanting the flag. This is a great community on many levels. It is a very diverse neighborhood with plenty of disposable income.” He added, “we want to offer this part of the Broadway corridor a great option, a place the community can support and be proud of in terms of the quality, the environment, and the service. If you run a business with pride and care the community will want to support you.”


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