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Bad Ass Coffee on Southport Closes

By Serena Dai | October 28, 2013 12:56pm

LAKEVIEW — Say goodbye to another coffee shop on Southport. 

Chicago's sole location of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, owned by franchisees Frank Conklin and Susan Panasky, closed Sunday night, according to the shop's Facebook page

The coffee shop with a Hawaiian theme at 3737 N. Southport Ave. opened just last year

"We want to thank all our loyal customers who supported us while we were open," the owners wrote. "We have met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends. Again the owners and staff thank you. You will all be missed."

The Hawaiian coffee company has more than 65 retail locations and more than two dozen franchises, including in Japan and Malaysia, according to the company's website. Cult author-screenwriter and Southport corridor resident Irvine Welsh could sometimes be spotted working on screenplays in the Chicago shop.

Bad Ass is the second coffee shop to close on the street this year. Popular independent coffee shop Safari Cup, 3404 N. Southport Ave., also closed in the spring and now sells its roasts in other shops. It was quickly replaced by Ohio-based gourmet ice cream shop Jeni's.

But those looking for a hot brew on the northern end of Southport will soon have a replacement. Bombastic Cafe plans to open next month at 3732 N. Southport Ave. with coffee, art and "intimate" talks about politics.