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Chicago’s Bow Truss Readies River North Location for Opening

new Bow Truss Chicago cafe

View from inside the new location. Photo by Bow Truss.

Chicago’s Bow Truss Coffee Roasters plans to this week open its second location, in the River North neighborhood. Owner and founder Phil Tadros recently told Chicago’s that the small, 14-seat coffee shop will have a strong focus on education programs and retail sales of beans for home brewers in the neighborhood.

“We just want to make it easy for people to get a good cup of coffee, and get educated on coffee,” he said. “I think it’s really important that people make a cup of coffee at home. You may have a second cup of coffee [at Bow Truss] or this might be your first cup of the day, but I think people should have a nice pour over set at home and come here to buy their beans.”

Tadros formerly owned Noble Tree Coffee & Tea in Lincoln Park before opening the first Bow Truss location, a roasting works, in the Lakewood neighborhood last year. To help fund the new location, the Bow Truss team turned to an innovative crowd-funding platform called called LendSquare, in which investors are ideally paid back and also receive Kickstarter-like perks for their contributions.


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