December Opening for What If Syndicate’s Newest Concept

What If Syndicate is already on the lookout for additional Chicagoland sites.
December Opening for What If Syndicate’s Newest Concept
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In September of this year, What Now Chicago broke the news of What If Syndicate’s newest concept, an eatery called Delilah’s expected to open on State Street in Gold Coast. Eater Chicago now reports the eatery should open by the end this year, but under a different name.

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It turns out Mike Miller, owner of the bar Delilah’s near Lincoln Park, took issue with What If Syndicate’s proposed name and as a result, the team pivoted. Café Sophie will be an all-day European-style café with pastries, wood-fired breakfast sandwiches, and a full bar, reports Eater Chicago. You can also expect to find a few home kitchen essentials from a retail section.

What If Syndicate, the hospitality group operated by David Pisor, Jim Lasky, Molly Currey, Matt Winn, and Michelin-Star Chef Danny Grant, is also behind Chicagoland eateries like Maple and Ash and etta. The group is reportedly already on the hunt for sites around town to house additional Café Sophies and plans to bring the concept to Dallas and Houston.

The eatery has taken over the space that last housed The Little Beet Table, which will provide modest in-door seating with a spacious patio. Expect to enjoy the new offerings of Café Sophie at the flagship location by mid-December.

Eve Payne

Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.
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