ANDERSONVILLE — La Colombe Torrefaction is coming to the former Vitamin Outlet & Health Food store in Andersonville this fall and opening a roasting facility in Logan Square.
The vitamin store at 5158 N. Clark St. closed in the spring, but is being replaced by the world-renowned coffee roasters, which also have locations in the West Loop and Wicker Park, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Seoul.
La Colombe's Midwest sales manager Corey Polkow said the company hopes to open in early fall after searching "high and low throughout the city" for a third location before settling on Andersonville.
"We just looked at the area, and we felt coffee was a little underserved and wanted to bring coffee to the forefront a little more," he said. "It will be an exciting place for us to expose more people in Chicago to what we do."
The building is owned by Candea Development.
Polkow said that the Andersonville location would be twice as big as the other two Chicago spots, and would feature "a ton of natural light, and a lot more seating than our cafes usually do," noting Andersonville is home to "lots of families and strollers."
La Colombe is also opening a roasting facility in Logan Square, 2837 W. Fullerton Ave. The space will also hold a training lab and host events, and should be open in 30-45 days, Polkow said.
La Colombe, based in Philadelphia, was co-founded by JP Iberti and Todd Carmichael, who also serves as CEO.
Carmichael, a writer, humanitarian, globetrotter and thrill-seeker, hosts the Travel Channel show "Dangerous Grounds." And in 2008, traveling solo, he walked and skied across Antarctica, trekking 700 miles in 39 days, seven hours and 49 minutes to set the world record for fastest journey to the South Pole.
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