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Plans and Updates for the Opening of Two Upcoming Restaurants

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Plans and Updates for the Opening of Two Upcoming Restaurants

Two highly anticipated dining spots are preparing for his or her grand debuts within the North Shore.

Tala Coffee Roasters in Winnetka and EvaDean’s Bakery and Cafe in Wilmette each plan to open later this fall. Tala’s Sydney Rubinstein said in an email that they’ve hopes for a November opening, while EvaDean’s Jordana Downer said her shop can be open by Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.

The Record has previously reported on each spots. See below for refreshers:

Tala Coffee Roasters’ 2nd location

As previously reported, Tala Coffee Roasters was chosen from three finalists to enhance 93 Green Bay Road, which the Village of Winnetka purchased in 2001.

Since then, the property — which featured a vacant constructing that at one point was home to a Texaco gas station and repair shop — was primarily leased to nearby auto dealerships for vehicle storage. In 2018, the Village began searching for developers, but hit reset in 2020 and named three latest finalists in October 2021.

Tala Coffee, which opened its first cafe in an old Highwood fire station in 2018, is sort of done with the buildout of a 60-seat cafe and an outside seating space.

At its Highwood cafe, Tala serves its own roasted coffee, in addition to traditional coffee drinks, reminiscent of espresso, macchiato and lattes. The menu also features specialty drinks that infuse flavors like brown sugar, honey, lavender and cinnamon. Tala also encompasses a limited food menu with small bites (avocado toast, pudding, smoothie bowls) and pastries (doughnuts, muffins).

Tala Coffee will join Hometown Coffee and Juice, Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks, as coffee shops in Winnetka and off Green Bay Road. The opposite three shops are positioned north of Elm Street in downtown Winnetka.

Tala’s lease with the village has an initial term of 10 years with two additional 10-year options. The annual rent attributable to the Village of Winnetka is $4,1110, and Tala is liable for covering property taxes, in addition to payments for liability and constructing insurance, constructing maintenance, utilities and refuse collection, in response to Village documents.

Tala planned to speculate $603,000 into the cafe’s buildout and enhancements to the location, while the Village budgeted $946,230, including $563,730 for project-specific improvements and $382,500 for utility and parking “improvements required for any tenant,” the documents say. The partnership also features a $60,000 village loan (3 percent interest) to Tala for constructing materials. The loan have to be paid back throughout the 10-year length of the lease.

EvaDean’s in downtown Wilmette

As previously reported by The Record, EvaDean’s Bakery and Cafe acquired the constructing at 1115-1117 Central Ave. in March 2022.

Longtime occupant Lad & Lassie closed in early 2020, leaving the 6,000-square-foot vacant constructing in the center of downtown Wilmette. In response to previous board memos, finding a tenant “was a challenge” due to the dimensions, shape and age of the constructing.

In 2021, the Downer family — including Jory Downer, owner of Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston — began discussions with the Village on EvaDean’s to be operated by Jordana Downer and husband Garrett VanBergen. The perimeters agreed on an incentive package that included shared use of Veteran’s Park simply to the east of its constructing.

EvaDean’s plan calls for outdoor dining using a few third of Veterans Park with seating set back off Central Avenue and away from the flag pole.

VanBergen can be the pinnacle chef on the restaurant side, while Jordana Downer will lead the bakery. Garrett’s specialty, Downer said, is farm-to-table-style cuisine with specials that rotate with the season.

EvaDean’s website says it is going to offer “a pleasant array of bakery goods, breakfast, lunch, and cocktails. We provide an all-in-one bakery and restaurant experience for purchasers on the lookout for quite a lot of bakery items and fresh meals.”

In downtown Wilmette, EvaDean’s can be the third breakfast location, joining Hotcakes across the corner on Wilmette Avenue and Fuel on the north side of the Metra station on Washington Court. Beloved morning spot Walker Bros. Original Pancake Home is just outside the Village Center on Green Bay Road.

The district also features other bakeries, reminiscent of St. Roger Abbey French Organic Patisserie, Panera Bread, Buck Russell’s Bakery and Sandwich Shop, and Central Station Coffee and Tea.

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