EAST LAKEVIEW — Get your spritzy sodas and spaghetti carbonara while you can — come June, they'll vanish from Broadway and Sheridan.
The multi-building complex at 3817-45 N. Broadway will be coming down to make way for a mixed-use development slated to cost more than $10 million.
The seven-story structure will include 125 residential units, 129 parking spots, office space and retail.
One key part of the plans includes the reconstruction of the 1911 Isaac G. Ettleson building. With rotting infrastructure, the "eagles building" known for its terra cotta white eagles has to be torn down before it can be preserved.
Also sticking around will be Starbucks, which will temporarily move into the storefront next-door — currently occupied by Lake View Food and Pantry, 733 W. Sheridan Road — until it can return to the newly built corner spot, developer Dave Gassman said.
"It's a bigger space, and actually with a little fancy footwork, Starbucks doesn't ever shut down," he told neighbors earlier this month.
Starbucks declined to confirm whether the location would remain open, saying it was "focused on serving customers" and "will continue to act as a gathering place for citizens of the community."
Also keeping mum on the details is Strawdog Theatre Company. After 25 years, it will be moving in June along with other tenants, but won't announce its new location for a few more weeks, artistic director Hank Boland told DNAinfo Chicago.
Some retailers got lucky; Lake View Chiropractic will simply move across the street to newly remodeled retail space.
When Dr. Martin LaBuda signed his original lease 13 years ago, he said Gassman told him "this was the grand plan."
"I knew what I was getting into," LaBuda said.
A doctor's practice is one thing, but the dry cleaner and liquor store on the block said rent across the street was out of their price range. Without viable options, they said they're being forced to close.
"The small businesses are being shut out, but what can I do? I have no choice," said Pit Patel, who has leased 3823 N. Broadway for 17 years for a liquor store. Patel said new liquor laws prevent him from opening a new store so close to the nearby Greeley Elementary School, so he's closing shop at the end of May.
"It's killing my livelihood. This is my life, and I only have this store to help my family," Patel said.
Some, like Spritz Burger and Tutto Fresco Trattoria, are still searching for a second location. Both restaurants are hoping to find something nearby after getting their starts in the northeast corner of Lakeview.
Still, "that's not the only factor," Spritz general manager Seth Fulkerson said. The stylish burger joint is also looking for a spot with decent foot traffic. Fulkerson said it was unlikely Spritz would return to the strip once construction is completed in about two years.
By April, Lakeview Pantry expects to be open at 3945 N. Sheridan Road after breaking ground on its first permanent home in August.
Charbella Hair and Barber Salon plans to move up the street to Broadway Plaza, 3926 N. Broadway, filling a vacant storefront next to Windy City Gyros, owner Vicky Smith said.
The move isn't ideal, especially after Charbella just moved to the block two years ago, Smith said. But she expects customers will be OK following her one block north.
Gassman said Starbucks is the only business committed to returning to the development. The new building will not have a theater needed to lure back Strawdog Theatre, either.
"I would love to accommodate everyone, but it's impossible. Everybody has to move," Gassman said.
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