Alisa Hauser
Nov 21, 2017 · 3 min read

Foxtrot Cafe And Liquor Delivery To Anchor Wicker Park’s Co-Working Community, Assemble

Rendering of the new Assemble, to be anchored by Foxtrot. [Courtesy of Assemble]

WICKER PARK — Foxtrot, a boutique grocery store featuring a cafe and alcohol delivery service, will anchor the forthcoming Assemble co-working space on Division Street in Wicker Park, store owners announced Tuesday.

“We are excited to join the Wicker Park neighborhood,” Foxtrot’s CEO Michael LaVitola told Pipeline.

Launched in 2013, Foxtrot operates other outposts at 900 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park and 1019 W. Lake St. in the West Loop. Another Foxtrot is aiming to open at 114 W. Chicago Ave. in River North in early December, LaVitola said.

The Wicker Park location at 1722 W. Division St. is slated to open in mid-December, LiVitola said.

Foxtrot sells groceries and alcohol, which it delivers from its storefront cafes.

The Wicker Foxtrot will offer about 20 seats and serve espresso, drip coffee and cold brew on tap from Metric Coffee.

During the evenings, the Foxtrot cafe will also sell beer and wine by the glass.

Crain’s described Foxtrot as the “corner store updated for the Uber generation” and Thrillist ranked it among the most innovative startups in Chicago.

Phil Domenico, owner of Assemble, confirmed on Tuesday that Foxtrot will occupy one of the two available storefronts on the ground floor of the Assemble building.

“Foxtrot is very complementary to what we are doing. We will work with Foxtrot to provide light breakfasts at Assemble and catering. They will feed off of us and we will feed off them — literally,” Domenico said.

A huge warehouse on Division Street that was formerly a renowned sculptor’s studio, the building sat empty for almost two years before Assemble announced its Wicker Park expansion earlier this year.

If everything goes as planned, Domenico said Foxtrot will open slightly earlier than Assemble, which is aiming to open in late January.

To allow the business to sell alcohol, the City Council in September voted to lift a longstanding liquor moratorium preventing booze sales on Division Street between Milwaukee and Wood Street.

Members of the Wicker Park Committee and the East Village Association voted in favor of lifting the ban prior to the City Council vote.

This past summer, LaVitola told members of the East Village Association that about 65 percent of Foxtrot sales are groceries, 20 percent are beer, wine and liquor and 15 percent come from the cafe.

Foxtrot’s hours of operation will be the same as its other locations: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.- 12 a.m. Friday; 8 a.m.- 12 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.

For updates, visit Foxtrot’s website.

Foxtrot cafe and delivery service. [Foxtrot website]

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