Redeye’s Ruthie Kott speaks to Wormhole owner Travis Schaffner about buying Lakeview’s Fritz Bakery, which sources the cafe’s vegan pastries. Schaffner also mentions their new patio and perhaps a possible expansion. Speaking of pastries, Hot Chocolate owner and chef Mindy Segal has plans to open a “totally unconventional” European bakery somewhere in Bucktown soon, according to this Feast Chicago post.
Pipeworks Brewing Company will be opening up in Bucktown, on the corner of Western and Wabansia avenues. As stated in this Tribune article, the location will both brew and sell beer, with a new beer on tap every week. Expect it to open within four to five months.
Redeye had previously reported that the owner of Francesca’s Forno was renaming the restaurant after the remodeling but it turns out that he changed his mind and will reopen under the same name. He does have plans to open up more windows, move the bar up and revamp the menu.
The Onion’s A.V. Club went inside Bucktown’s Horween Leather Company, whose tanning factory has been pumping out funny smells near the intersection of Ashland, Elston and Armitage since 1920. Horween’s history is actually quite interesting — did you know they make all the leather for all footballs used by the NFL? They also make leather for $700 boots and Rawley baseball mitts.
In the recent Reader’s Best of Chicago 2011 reader’s poll, in which Wicker Park won for Best Neighborhood For Nightlife and Scott Waguespack was crowned Best Alderman, many local businesses also made the list! Local clothing company Akira got Best Boutique for Women, with Broken Cherry Boutique and Penelope’s getting runner-up spots. Both Milwaukee Ave’s Lenny and Me and Ashland Ave’s 80’s closet Kokorokoko made runners-up for Best Vintage Store. Best Eyewear went to Labrabbit, 1104 N. Ashland.
Chicago’s Best Book store is Myopic, 1564 N. Milwaukee, with Quimby’s, 1854 W. N. Avenue trailing close behind. Ofcourse Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., got Best Record Store. Rapid Transit made it into the running for Best Bike Shop. Best General (Medical) Practitioner? Dr. Anne Locatelli of Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, 1913 W. North Ave. made the Reader’s Poll top pick.
Cumin was a runner up for Best Indian Restaurant, and The Red Apple Buffet (kindred supporter of Pipeline from nearby Avondale) tied for Best Polish, going neck to neck with Podhalanka here in Wicker Park.