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Drink Mon Mar 19 2007

Mod Coffee and Sandwiches in the Loop

Rom on Franklin in Hyatt Center-2.jpgCafe Rōm at the Hyatt Center looks like an amazingly crisp and clean space. White mod tables and chairs, shiny white vinyl booths with low-rising and highly sloped backs, curved glass sandwich cases and a collection of brightly backlit white menu boards wrapped in stainless steel let you pretend you're in New York or Berlin. Even the restroom marked "WC" for water closet adds to the cafe's European flair. The recessed ceiling at the ordering counter suggests intimacy and, as the ceiling opens up to seating area, the cafe seems surprisingly roomy. Sitting down, I noticed the tenderness of my roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, basil and tomato contrasting quite well to the nice tear and slight chewiness of my ciabatta. The sandwiches are well endowed with oil. As my pal Rose pointed out, "The olive oil is dripping from my sandwich." It's too bad they're touchy about snapping photos, stating reasons of proprietary design. Most people who've been eating with me recently have seen me excited to photograph the food and setting, and know how a management's position on restricting this could drastically change my lunchtime activities. Chatting with the general manager, Kourtney, about their concerns was fun and lively - with short discussions ranging from bakery offerings and conspicuous coffee drinks to the space's design; and I was assured I could take more photos after my authenticity was verified. By far, this was the most interesting conversation I've had with a restaurant manager about taking photos. I'm going to return for a sandwich and a cup of their smooth and mild coffee, but I could do without reading "all roads lead to.." on Rōm's takeaway menu. At least until they open considerably more locations. Their next is due to open soon in the renovated Metra Market.

 

Dunl / March 20, 2007 12:18 PM

"proprietary design"??? But they'd they'd let you take more pictures after your "authenticity was verified"??? If they don't want people to see their super-secret designs, they should keep their space closed to the public. And what the hell is your "authenticity"? Do they mean they wanted to confirm that you weren't going to be publishing the photos anywhere (thus protecting their big secrets)? Or do they mean they wanted to confirm you were some sort of journalist and would be publishing pictures of their top secret chairs and tables -- thus letting Starbucks steal their precious designs? (Of course nobody would be able to steal a proprietary design without a photograph of it...)

Illinois Master Gardener / March 22, 2007 10:14 AM

I'll second that!

Illinois Master Gardener / March 22, 2007 10:16 AM

For clarification, I seconded the first comment that was made!

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Beer Mon Apr 28 2014

Craft Beer, Community and Creativity: An Interview with Locally Brewed Author Anna Blessing

By Christina Brandon

In the introduction to Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland, author and photographer Anna Blessing writes that she wants "to tell the story of the people behind the beer."
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