BUCKTOWN — Ipsento Coffee is expanding its operations on The 606.
The Bucktown cafe, which serves doughnuts in the mornings and small plates, bar snacks and cocktails in the evenings, "soft opened" last week at 1813 N. Milwaukee Ave.
On Friday, it will be celebrating its grand opening, offering a free doughnut to anyone who buys a cocktail or coffee, according to a news release.
The new shop seats 40 along with public outdoor seating in a small nearby park, "Park 567," one of six ground-level access parks next to The 606 where folks can hop on or off the 2.7-mile long elevated Bloomingdale Trail.
The 1,800-square-foot location is decorated in exposed brick, a dark wood bar, copper tin ceilings, white walls, chrome furnishings and garage door windows opening out to the park.
The work of Chicago-based photographer Jason Martini hangs on the walls.
Ipsento's drink menu offers coffee, cocktails, beer, sake, whiskey and wine. The cocktails will be served only between 4-11 p.m, while coffee, beer and wine are offered all day.
In addition to scratch cake mini doughnuts made with sweet potato and house milled kamut flour fried in organic coconut oil, other menu highlights include cheese and charcuterie plates; Floriole bread with whipped butter; seasonal pickles from The Brinery; and candied sweet and spicy nuts.
Ipsento began in 2006 and operates a store at 2035 N. Western Ave. Owned by Tim Taylor, Ipsento also has a roasting facility (not open to the public) at 1955 N. Western Ave., across from Margie's Candies.
The business will create about 20 new jobs.
"It's at the crossroads of The 606 and Milwaukee. There's a lot of new construction planned right there and I think there will be a lot of new traffic in what was formerly somewhat of a dead zone on Milwaukee," Taylor said last September.
Ipsento has been rated among America's best independent coffee shops.
Hours at the new location are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to midnight Friday; 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
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