Brew Urban Cafe's Himmarshee Location Sold to Victoria Park Owners
Hammontree confirmed the sale to New Times today. "It's a good store," said Hammontree of the downtown location. "We'll try not to mess it up."
Among the short-term changes:
Brew folks will open earlier than the 7:30 a.m. door time on weekends, said Hammontree. He also confirmed they'll bring over the pour-over one-cup brew method that's available at the Victoria Park location as well as the esoteric siphon brew, specially brewed for Modernist Cuisine coffee snobs.
In both shops, "We'd really like for things to move along faster once a customer orders a coffee," he said.
In addition to selling Chicago's Intelligensia coffee, Hammontree confirmed there's talk of carrying roasts from the big three sustainable, fair-labor, single-origin coffee companies, the others being North Carolina's Counter Culture and Portland's Stumptown. Even though the three companies are "friendly colleagues," confirms a Counter Culture spokesperson, Hammontree says it's a delicate segue to carry more than one brand. "There are steps we'd have to take to carry these other brands," he said. "Their grinds are different. And our allegiance has been with Intelligensia."
Also in the works: Brew's Victoria Park location will sell beer and wine once it nabs the license. It'll also expand its craft beer offerings in both stores, with the possibility of carrying a whole lineup of craft beers from, say, Oskar Blues.
Bob Denison purchased the Victoria Park Brew location in 2009, with Hammontree signing on as a partner this year. In his past life, Hammontree had been a financial consultant.
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