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Locally Owned Bistro/Retail Store Will Take Over Old Urban Orchard Spot


Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller

Since opening their first store in August of 2004 in Lakeview, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine has been a growing enterprise for its owners Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller. Within the following decade, they added a store on Lake Street in the Loop area, another in the Chicago French Market and in 2012 expanded next door to the Lakeview location with Bar Pastoral.

Now, Pastoral Artisan has signed a lease and will be taking over the former Urban Orchard space at 5212 N. Clark St., cementing them into the Andersonville strip. Many neighborhood residents made their voice heard that they wanted the address to remain a locally owned business with fear it could become a corporate chain store.

Mr O’Neill and Mr Miller said, “We chose Andersonville because it is a vibrant community that supports local independently owned businesses.  It seemed the next logical place to be after have built a neighborhood oriented business inLakeview East and it just feels right.  Plus the location near classic Chicago food businesses is perfect.”

Pastoral Artisan is a locally owned independent company that considers itself a ‘European-inspired neighborhood cheese, specialty food and wine shop.’  Though many of their selections come from abroad, they continue to work with farmers and food/wine artisans right here in the Midwest.

The Andersonville location will have all the retail elements of the other stores such as cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses, baked breads, accompaniments, small production wines and hand-crafted beer. There will also be a bistro which will offer freshly made sandwiches and salads, all with premium ingredients. The space will be much larger than any of their other locations, 3,800 sq. ft. to be exact. This will give them the opportunity to expand on all their current products, bringing new selections to their customers.

Mr. O’Neill and Mr. Miller are looking forward to opening their largest store possibly towards the end of Summer. They said, “Pastoral will bring the things we have always focused upon to the new space, this time with a bit more space in which to do it. There will also be some surprises. But more on those to come down the road.”



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