CTA rail riders on the Northwest Side soon will have new options to grab some food before or after their Blue or Brown line commute.
The CTA board last week approved four new lease with three vendors. Two Café Transit locations will open at the California and Damen Blue Line stops, The Bageler and His Wife at the Belmont Blue Line stop, and a Dunkin Donuts franchise at the Kimball Brown Line.
From the news release:
Café Transit is the latest venture of the owners of Caffé Streets, a boutique coffee shop in Wicker Park. Owners Brent Norseman, Kevin Heisner and Darko Arandjelovic were looking for additional opportunities in Wicker Park and pursued the CTA. “We are dedicated to community-driven opportunities.” said Arandjelovic. “We love the energy on the ‘L’ and wanted to celebrate it by offering boutique-quality coffee and food to the CTA and its customers.”
Blue Line riders can also taste the offerings of The Bageler and His Wife, at the Belmont Station. Fresh bagels, croissants, teas and espresso from a local roaster will be available this spring. The couple pursued the CTA for their first retail store in order to appeal to early risers as well as evening commuters who might be interested in purchasing baked goods for dinner without having to make an extra trip to the market.
Customers at the Kimball Brown Line station will also see the addition of a Dunkin’ Donuts which is also a locally owned corporate franchise.
All three Blue Line leases are 10 years in length through 2023; the Kimball location is a 15-year term ending 2028. The total revenue to the CTA through the initial term of all four leases is $825,000.
Since May 2011, CTA has lowered vacancy rates by 14 percent and has added $7.1 million in new concessions leases.