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New Andersonville Farm-To-Table Restaurant/Caterer Opening In Old Einstein Bagels Spot

goddess2A farm-to-table catering company specializing in office breakfasts and lunches, informal parties, family gatherings and any cause for celebration will be coming to Andersonville this Fall. The question is exactly when this Fall?

That and other questions remain unanswered as of Wednesday. However, Nick Wolff, the director of economic development and business services for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, confirmed last week that the Goddess and Grocer will be locating at 5318 N. Clark St.

“We’re delighted Goddess and Grocer are expanding into Andersonville,” Wolff said of the store that will also offer ready-made and made-to-order sandwiches, salads, prepared foods, gourmet desserts, wine and beer. “They’ll be a fantastic addition to Clark Street and (will) align perfectly with our mix of locally owned, independent businesses.”

The restaurant founded by Australian Debbie Sharpe will take up 1,600 square feet in addition to patio space in what had been Einstein Bros. Bagels, Wolff said. The bagel company closed its North Clark Street doors in February because it was not performing well.

Sharpe began cooking at a young age and later became an entertainment writer for a prominent Australian newspaper. After moving to London in 1978, she worked for musical group Adam and the Ants for several years. Six years later, according to the Goddess and Grocer website, she started her own catering company, eventually working for Paul and Linda McCartney. In 1990, while on a U.S. tour with the McCartneys, Sharpe decided to put down roots in Chicago, the website said.

Since then, she has continued to cater for entertainers, including Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Jay-Z and Sting. Sharpe now owns a group of businesses called The Goddess Restaurant Group. This includes The Goddess Rocks! (catering focusing on local concert tours and festivals, including, most recently, Lollapalooza), current Goddess and Grocer stores (in Bucktown, Elston, River North and O’Hare International Airport), and Feast restaurant in Bucktown, the website said.

“We definitely like to consider ourself a farm-to-table approach to restaurants,” Executive Chef Jennifer Gavin said in a video on the Goddess and Grocer website. “Fresh ingredients, organic products. We’re meticulous with plating, constantly tasting our food, rotating items, and just making sure that we give our guests the best experience possible.”

“We really care so much and we watch everything that goes out of our kitchen,” Sharpe said in the same video. “I think it’s so important and also for caring and catering to people.

Several attempts to reach out to the Goddess and Grocer by phone and email for more specific information about the planned Clark Street location were unsuccessful.


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