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New Andersonville Healthy Cafe Opening With Help Of Area Artists and Craftspeople

Truenorth-1When new Andersonville business co-owners Andy Peters and Scott Dicker came up with the idea of opening a new healthy cafe, their purpose was simple — to create a place they would want to eat at. So they got to work to make the dream come true.

Opening at 5507 N. Clark St. in mid-February, TrueNorth cafe will focus on a cafe serving quick, healthy meals in addition to a retail store selling health-related goods such as vitamins. They want the cafe to be a “good livin’ joint” where customers can get great coffee and nutritious meals without the airs that usually accompany healthy eating.

Originally set to open last August as Progo, the owners thought the name TrueNorth was more fitting. Peters explained, “The name TrueNorth came to me because I thought it perfectly represents the menu, interior design, and location of the café.  True north is different than magnetic north in that it never wanders or varies from place to place like magnetic north.  True north, unlike magnetic north, is non-negotiable, which in some ways makes it feel more real.”

Peters said the menu is simple and nutritious but, most importantly, it is delicious. It will have many healthy, vegan, and gluten-free options and will serve Metropolis Coffee. Our chef created some great salads that can also be made into wraps. I do not consider myself a big fan of Sriracha, but he created a salad using a soy sriracha-marinated chicken breast and a cool lime yogurt dressing, which may have been the best salad I have ever had. “

Peters has always been a lover of maps, geography, and the outdoors, and he decided to incorporate that into the design of the café with the help of Larry Vodak, shopkeeper of Scout at 5221 N. Clark. This includes an entire wall of globes, which will be truly unique.

Located on the “true North” side of the Andersonville strip, TrueNorth was designed, built, and furnished by working with local shops and artists. Peters said, “We truly designed and built the place through collaborations. Various wood pieces were designed and built by Andersonville carpenter Chris Erickson. Kylie Egge of Recovered Interior did the upholstery and Barb at Painted Light did the framing. We also bought things from many other great shops around the neighborhood.”

The new cafe owners are promising some great specials to entice area residents during their opening month.


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