Milan, New York, Seattle, Shanghai, Tokyo and now Chicago, Starbucks Reserve Roasteries just keep coming.
And they keep getting bigger.
Chicago coffeephiles are champing at the bit waiting for the opening of their very own Reserve scheduled for Friday, November 15, at 9 a.m.
The Chicago Reserve promises to be the largest yet--besting the second biggest, the 32,000 sq. ft. Tokyo location by over 10,000 sq. ft.
Some wonder, what's taking so long? Although it hasn't been quite a year since the massive 5-story, 43,000 sq. ft. Crate and Barrel store closed their doors after 27 years on the Mag Mile making way for world’s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery--it seems longer.
Billed as "a coffee experience" the Reserve is promising patrons a lot more than "a cup of Joe."
Starbucks is not yet spilling all the beans as to what's going on inside--saying in a media release "we look forward to sharing more details and images closer to the opening date."
Nor you can't see much from the street as evidenced in this image from Google Earth.
What Starbucks is saying is that the Reserve "will deliver an immersive experience dedicated to roasting and brewing small-batch Starbucks Reserve coffee from around the world."
Based on other Reserves, local reports, leaks and its sheer size-- we know there's lots more.
We can expect specialty coffees and teas, on-premise roasters along with massive coffee casks loaded with freshly roasted beans, craft cocktails, and food that's a notch above their coffee shop offerings. Also announced, the popular West Loop artisan bakery Princi will have a presence inside.
In addition, according to the Chicago Tribune, big names such as Eater Young Gun Julia Momose, caretaker of the drinks at Japanese-inspired Kumiko and Michelin-starred Oriole will be heavily involved as well as bartenders Annie Beebe-Tron (Fat Rice) and Rachel Miller (Community Tavern).
What you need to know to go
What: Starbucks Roastery Reserve
Where: 646 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
When: Grand Opening: Friday, November 15, 9 a.m.
Regular hours: Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.: Friday: 7 a.m. – Midnight; Saturday: 8 a.m. – Midnight; Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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Fried Chicken and Bubbles
The champagne will be flowing at Fry the Coop's special event featuring the bubbly's favorite pairing...fried chicken. Try the Nashville Hot Chicken--everyone's fav! Wells Street Market, 205 West Wacker Drive #100. Wednesday, October 16th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Tickets: $65 (link)
Dinner in "The Lobby"
The Peninsula Chicago has just announce the launch of a guest chef series in The Lobby to celebrate Chicago’s rising talent, including The Lobby’s new Chef de Cuisine Brandon Veitch.
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Taste of Ravenswood
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Historic Halloween Mansion Tour
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Three tours will take place on 10/31 beginning at 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:30 pm. Tour tickets are available for $50, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make reservations or for more information, call Lawry’s at 312 787 5000 or click here.
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®
From October 24-26, Chicago welcomes the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® for a weekend of delicious food and thought-provoking conversation spotlighting issues within the Foundation’s Good Food for Good™ platform, including food waste reduction, sustainability, inclusivity and chef advocacy and more while dishing out tasty bites to the food-loving community of Chicago. For full details about the Taste America series and to purchase tickets, click here.