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 DNAinfo.com 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.