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When 354 W. Hubbard Street, the space that up until recently housed Hogsalt’s 3 Greens Market, became available, the team behind Edie’s All Day Café & Bar didn’t miss a beat. Co-founders Arturo Gomez and Matt Matros along with Chef and partner Chris Dunstatter immediately saw its value. “As someone who has had multiple businesses in the River North neighborhood for the last 18 years I knew it had real potential,” Gomez wrote in an email interview with What Now Chicago. “When we found that it was available and that the previously 8200 sq/ft location was going to be split, we jumped at the opportunity.”
The team opened the first location of ‘third space’ Edie’s All Day Café & Bar in Wells Corridor in 2020. The eatery is described as an upscale, fast-casual café and bar and functions as a designated space between work and home—“a new wave in hospitality deeming itself as part café, part restaurant, part workspace, community center, and part wine bar.”
Gomez attributes the demand of this kind of space to an increased contingency of mobile workers who require flex space. The pandemic has only increased the demand. “The mobile worker is now referred to as the WFH worker and the magnitude of people looking for flex space has increased dramatically,” Gomez explained. “The concept is designed so that we can service the community all day and into the evening. Edie’s is a great place to caffeinate and work but also a place to catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Casual but still elevated.”
Edie’s second location will offer the same fresh and innovative menu patrons have come to know and love at the original spot. The menu offers standouts like the Honey Ricotta Toast and the Trufflicious Flatbread and spans options like the Breakfast Burrito, Salmon Nicoise Salad, and the Duck Duck Goose board.
Gomez says the new space, which will undergo renovations, provides the team room to be even more creative, and you can expect to find a few new food and beverage items when Edie’s the second debuts.
“Those who haven’t tried Edie’s will fall in love with the diverse food options morning, noon and night, and our coffee program is certainly a standout portion of our offerings,” Gomez added. “Last but not least our cocktails are thoughtfully curated to blend beautifully with the different parts of the day.”
Look for Edie’s on W. Hubbard to open by late spring 2022, and you shouldn’t hesitate to find the café online to catch a glimpse of what this third space is all about. Seriously, the coffees are stunning.