CHICAGO — A trendy North Shore caterer is moving to open cafes at two well-traveled train stations.
The Chicago Transit Board approved leases for Butterfield Kitchen at the Jefferson Park and Roosevelt Road train stations at its monthly meeting Friday.
Part of the sustainable, regional restaurant movement, Butterfield Kitchen has established its catering business in Wilmette with a menu featuring homemade sausage, scones and muffins along with paninis and wraps. The Chicago Transit Authority cafes will be its first established outlets.
"We are excited to expand our business to CTA train stations and offer CTA customers exciting, fresh food choices," said Nathan Proffer, Butterfield Kitchen culinary director. "The foot traffic and locations of both are very attractive to us as we grow our business."
The Jefferson Park CTA station on the Blue Line serves as a hub for several bus routes and an adjacent Metra station, and the Roosevelt Road station is a stop on the red, green and orange lines as well as several bus routes.
"CTA is pleased to expand its concession offerings at these highly traveled hub train stations to include fresh meals that can be prepared for commuters on the go," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "As the CTA continues to invest in modernizing and upgrading its rail stations and infrastructure, we will continue to seek fresh, innovative concepts that will enhance our customers' transit experience."
The Jeff Park space is being rented for $3,000 a month, the Roosevelt Road space for $2,600.