WOODLAWN — Build Coffee has brought back the longstanding tradition of a community-minded café to Experimental Station in Woodlawn.
The coffee shop, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., started with a soft open Wednesday ahead of a full opening Saturday for the 61st Street Farmers Market, which is also run out of Experimental Station.
The café will have a full menu of coffee from Chicago’s Halfwit Coffee Roasters, including house specialties like a sweetened cold brew coffee called the Light and Sweet and S’mores Hot Chocolate, which is a mix of hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and graham crackers.
The space that was formerly the Backstory Café will also be adding more food options in the near future, according to co-owner Bea Malsky.
“We currently have quiche and pie from Justice of the Pies and a few snacks made in-house … and will be adding a range of pastries in the next week or two,” Malsky said Wednesday.
She said the café plans to work with farmers from the 61st Street market to add more options in the future.
The café will also include a consignment bookstore where people can sell used books and books, zines and other publications from local and small publishers.
The café will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.