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Edgewater’s Chicago Grind Closes After Department Of Coffee Shutters Area Stores

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They came to Chicago with hopes of being a new coffee option for the American cafe crowd, but the London-based Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DCSA) have officially closed all three area locations. Edgewater’s Chicago Grind (5256 N. Broadway), which is owned by DCSA, has now announced their closure as well.

The storefront was once a Chicago Coffee until it was purchased  in 2014 and became Chicago Grind. In 2019, Chicago Grind was purchased by the DCSA company as they opened their first cafes in the United States.

But as many cafes started to struggle from a crowded coffee market, Covid forced business closures nationwide and the hospitality sector was hit especially hard. After all three DCSA stores shuttered one by one, a simple sign appeared on the door of Chicago Grind over the weekend announcing the same fate.

“It has been a long year,” the sign reads. “We are taking a little time to regroup and plan for the future. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you for your continued support.”

Though the sign has left questions about a possible reopening, it seems apparent that DCSA is exiting Chicago. Unfortunately there has been no explanation on Chicago Grind’s social media.

EVB reached out to Chicago Grind management with no success.


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