Caterer to offer organic foods, paninis at Roosevelt, Jefferson Park CTA stations

Butterfield Kitchens will soon be offering made-to-order sandwiches in new CTA locations at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station and the Roosevelt station on the Green, Orange and Red lines.

The Wilmette-based catering company signed 10-year leases at each location, with the total package worth close to $1 million for the CTA over that time.

Food to be cooked on site includes homemade sausage, scones and muffins as well as a variety of paninis and wraps for lunch and dinner. Butterfield Kitchen has also developed a local organic blend of Intelligentsia coffee that will be sold at both cafes, according to a CTA news release.

The CTA rail stations will be the first retail locations for Butterfield Kitchens.

Meanwhile, there are plenty more vacant – and newly rehabbed – storefronts for sale at the north end of the Red Line in the aftermath of the North Red Interim Station Improvement project. Most still have more work to be done to get them into rentable condition, but it will be good to get them back on the rent rolls and serving their various communities.

In fact, the CTA and the 48th Ward office on Tuesday night hosted an information session for prospective tenants of retail spaces at the Granville and Berwyn stops on the Red Line.

Here’s to a speedy rental of those and other spaces!


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  • I wonder how pannini and organic sausages are going to sell across from the Gale Street Inn.

    But the people from Wilmette are putting their own money into it, so let the market work.

    My first paragraph reminds me of a time when I was coming back from O'Hare on a company paid flight (the successor company won't let anyone fly first class anymore), when I took the old 40 O'Harexpress bus, but then really had to go to the bathroom while waiting for a transfer at Jefferson Park. I went into one of the establishments across the street for that purpose, but then had to navigate through a big wedding party to get out. And it was comparatively early in the day.

  • It's against the rules to eat or drink on CTA vehicles, and yet they can sell us stuff in the stations.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    As I implied, chow down while you are waiting for your #225 or #270 bus. Or take it home with you. Supposedly Peapod at the station doesn't deliver at the station (unless you are at the Lake Cook Metra, where Peapod has a freestanding building).

    But, of course, all CTA cares about is getting its $1 million in rent. Wonder what the Dunkin Donuts at the 95th Street station is going to do while the line is shut down? Maybe as I stated in the first paragraph--have a long john while waiting for the shuttle bus. Or a doughnut.

  • When interviewing for an internship in a NW suburban downtown, I had drove maniacally from Champaign he same morningwithout changing into suit/tie. I went to a local eatery, ordered a sandwhich to go and used the mens room to change into proper attire. I picked up the sandwhich and then proceeded to village hall.

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