ROGERS PARK — The identity crisis at 1500 W. Jarvis Ave. in Rogers Park may soon be over.
Dan Sullivan, owner of Charmers Cafe, said he's taking over the beloved Jarvis Square shop once again after both Towbar and Coffee Speed Shop closed for good this year.
Sullivan, who admitted during Charmers' closing in 2013 that he wasn't much "of a restaurant guy," now says he's more comfortable being a "Jarvis Square guy."
"I'm a Jarvis Square guy, that's what I really care about," he said. "Jarvis Square needs a good cafe there, and so I'm going to do whatever's necessary to make sure there's a good cafe in Jarvis Square."
A sign on the window Monday displayed the Charmers Cafe emblem and said, "Charmers Cafe will re-open! As soon as we can ... early 2016 we hope. We have to do all the usual tasks, permits, licenses, inspections and such required by the city before they give us permission to serve you. We will be open as soon as that is done! Please stop in to say hello."
Sullivan, who owns the property at 1500 W. Jarvis, operated Charmers for seven years before handing the torch over to fellow business owners Sandra Carter, and Debbie and Jamie Evans, to create Towbar.
Then, in April this year, Chris Cassas, an Evanston coffee shop owner and motorcycle enthusiast, temporarily took over Towbar with Coffee Speed Shop.
The concept was short-lived, however, and by fall Carter and the Evanses had gotten "back at the helm."
But just weeks later, Towbar announced on social media it was closing once and for all due to "unforeseen circumstances."
Charmers revival seemed only right to Sullivan, he said, since Jarvis Square and the neighborhood cafe were developed roughly around the same time, giving them a history together.
When Charmers returns early next year, Sullivan said they'll be back to serving up the same quality coffee, fresh juice, smoothies, pastries, ice cream, tea and more.
He's debating whether or not heavier food items, like sandwiches, will make a return.
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