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Restaurant Mon Sep 17 2007

The Bucktown Beanery

I just noticed The Coffee Beanery on Damen has changed its name to The Bucktown Beanery. Upon further investigation, I found the location is no longer listed on The Coffee Beanery’s franchise Web site, so I stopped in to see what was up. Apparently the shop was sold and the new owner didn’t like the whole franchise thing so he closed up, did some remodeling and opened up as The Bucktown Beanery. Featuring Metropolis coffee, the shop is now a fully independent coffee shop, something I’m a big fan of.

The Bucktown Beanery is located at 2158 N Damen Ave.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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