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Wormhole Coffee Owner Opening New Shop In Logan Square

By Mina Bloom | March 15, 2017 10:32am | Updated on March 15, 2017 12:24pm
 Travis Schaffner is taking over a medical office at 3431 W. Fullerton Ave., according to city permit.
Travis Schaffner is taking over a medical office at 3431 W. Fullerton Ave., according to city permit.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The owner of Wicker Park's popular Wormhole Coffee, which was been ranked among the country's best coffee shops, is opening a new coffee shop in Logan Square.

On Tuesday, Travis Schaffner was issued a city permit to convert a medical office at 3431 W. Fullerton Ave. into a coffee shop/cafe with on-site bean roasting. The cost of construction was listed at $215,000, according to the permit.

The coffee shop will be its own entity — not a second Wormhole outpost, Schaffner said in an email. Schaffner's roastery, Halfwit Coffee Roasters, will supply the coffee.

"The Logan Square project is a cafe/roasterie with very, VERY new and fancy equipment which I am hesitant to discuss but it's going to create quite a serious windfall of goodness for the quality of our beans," Schaffner wrote in an email.

Schaffner said while he hasn't quite decided, he's leaning towards an outer space theme as a throwback to the Cold War era.

He said the theme will be a "pretty serious component" of the new coffee shop just like it is at Wormhole, which is known for its 1980s movie posters, video game collection and the "Back to the Future"-style DeLorean car parked in its front window.

With the new coffee shop, Schaffner is hoping to increase the visibility of Halfwit Coffee Roasters, which supplies the coffee for Logan Square's Damn Fine Coffee Bar, Rogers Park's Smack Dab and Wicker Park's Scone City. It'll also serve as a place for baristas to receive training.

Schaffner, who is also the primary investor for Gaslight Coffee Roasters, is aiming to open the new shop by the middle of the summer.

Wormhole, 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave., has consistently ranked among the city's and the country's best coffee shops since it opened.