new courtyard making progress
Work is accelerating on the new courtyard behind the north side of Market Square. With a planned opening in Summer, this new space will have a European feel to it, providing guests with a place to eat outside and a second entrance to some of the shops.
Market Square To Add Courtyard
LAKE FOREST — Visitors to downtown Lake Forest will have a new place to relax this summer when Market Square adds an arcade on its north side to complement the one on the south.
L3 Capital, the owners of the shopping area, will add community space by June 1 with entrances between Forest Bootery and Sweet Pete’s and another off Bank Lane near the post office, according to company principal Michael Schreiber.
“We’re turning a very ugly service alley into an updated community space,” Schreiber said. “There will be community events and our events. There will be places for people to sit and gather.”
Schreiber said the north arcade will be similar to the one already existing on the south side of the square with entrances between the current home of Lake Forest Book Store and Williams Sonoma as well as off Bank Lane.
The addition is part of a larger project that includes a completely renovated Forest Bootery and back entrances to some of the shops on the north end of the square, according to Schreiber. Forest Bootery is in temporary space at 675 Forest Avenue during the renovation.
“Forest Bootery was in need of a facelift,” Schreiber said. “They will have a completely remodeled store that is updated and wide open.”
Cara Garrison, one of the owners of Forest Bootery along with her sister, Cristina Garrison, said she is looking forward to the changes.
“The idea has been on the books for 10 years,” Cara Garrison, who has been involved with her business since 1976, said. “The landlord has been great to us in making this happen.”
Einstein Bros. Bagels and Forest Bootery have already committed to both front entrances and one off the arcade, according to Schreiber. He said he is talking to other merchants about adding an entrance.
“There will be tables and chairs,” Schreiber said. “People will be able to leave Einstein’s from the back.”
A glance at the Bank Lane entrance shows a construction zone. Shoppers can see a wood barrier between Forest Bootery and Sweet Pete’s, which Schreiber said will come down and become the entrance once the project is complete.
Merchants will be able to continue to use the area as a service entrance during non business hours, according to Schreiber.
Other changes going on at Market Square include the opening of the Daily Grind in the south arcade within 45 to 60 days, according to Schreiber.
Schreiber also said Starbucks is expected to start construction on its new shop at 672 North Western Ave. in three to four weeks with a summer opening planned. The coffee shop is relocating from its current Bank Lane location.
The book store will leave Market Square to move four doors south at 662 North Western Ave., according to a previous Daily North Shore story.
Alixandra’s Collections will depart at the end of February, according to Murray Chesno, one of the owners of the 10-store chain with shops in the Chicago area and Arizona. He said no other stores are closing and is looking for another North Shore location.
Schreiber said he is negotiating with potential tenants for both storefronts but has no signed leases yet.
New LF Starbucks To Offer Wine, Beer
LAKE FOREST — When Starbucks opens its Western Avenue location later this year wine and beer will be on the menu.
Lake Forest’s City Council on Feb. 16 authorized Mayor Donald Schoenheider to issue two liquor licenses to Starbucks for its east-side coffee shop once the company has met all necessary requirements.
Wine and beer are part of Starbuck’s Evenings program, which offers an enhanced menu with items such as flatbreads, cheese platters and a truffle mac and cheese to serve in the early evening, according to a presentation company representatives made at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.
Harlan Powell, the attorney representing Starbucks, said more than 50 locations in the Chicago area have the Evenings program. The closest to Lake Forest are in Winnetka and Wilmette with Deerfield set to begin soon.
Starbuck’s hours will remain the same — 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily — with the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 4 p.m., according to Jill Dwornik, the manager of the current Bank Lane location.
The Bank Lane coffee house will be closing when the new shop opens at 672 North Western Ave. by May 31, according to Dwornik and Powell. The licenses are for the new spot only, Powell said. Lake Forest City Attorney Victor Filippini said after the meeting that a liquor license is not transferable to another location.
The company is applying for two licenses so it will be able to serve wine and beer both inside the coffee shop and on the Market Square Arcade outside the back door of its new location, according to City Manager Robert Kiely.
“The C-1 license is for inside and the C-3 is for the courtyard,” Kiely said. “The license will be issued when they have met all the requirements for the liquor commissioner to issue the license.”
As mayor, Schoenheider is also Lake Forest’s liquor commissioner.
Powell said the sale of wine and beer is a minor part of the Evenings Program. He said it is there to complement the food, which will be offered after 4 p.m. for a light dinner or dessert.
“As a general rule, wine and beer are less than one percent of our overall sales,” Powell said. “It’s intended to be a complement to our menu.”
Before the council approved the ordinance with a 6-1 vote, there were questions about training and precedent. Alderman Michael Adelman, who cast the lone nay, questioned whether it was appropriate to give a liquor license to a coffee shop.
“What happens when Jimmy Johns wants to sell a beer with a sandwich on a hot day,” Adelman said. “This is a coffee house. Why does a coffee house need a liquor license? Where do we draw the line? I can’t support this.”
Alderman Prue Beidler said she wanted assurances everyone working at Starbucks involved with liquor sales would be properly trained.
“It’s not an issue when you’re selling coffee,” Beidler said. “You’re not going to cut someone off from coffee. They won’t have to call a cab.”
Dwornik said there would be proper training and Filippini said it was a requirement before the license would be issued.
“Everyone is required to have training,” Filippini said. “The manager oversees it and she is trained too. This is in our ordinance and state law.”
There are no current plans to add the Evenings program to the west Lake Forest Starbucks, according to Powell.