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Starbucks Coming to Dempster and Dodge

The coffee shop will fill the space formerly occupied by KFC.

The former KFC space at Dempster and Dodge will be turned into a Starbucks as early as this fall, according to a press release from the city. The Evanston Planning and Zoning Division approved the application Thursday.

“Not only will this addition provide residents, students and visitors with another option for coffee and snacks, it's a statement that Dempster/Dodge development is moving in a positive direction. While there is more work to be done, the addition of Starbucks will provide momentum to our continued efforts to bring high quality retail and services to the area,” 2nd Ward Ald. Peter Braithwaite said in an email to constituents.

Festus McMoron February 20, 2014 at 06:04 PM
will they have armes guards in the parking lot to protect customers from neighboring gangbangers??
el debarge February 20, 2014 at 06:18 PM
No need. Their extraordinarily hot coffee makes for a superb self defense device.
Jordan S. Zoot February 20, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Let's wait and see what their policy is on concealed carry firearms. Given the location if they seek to make it a gun free zone that will clearly be a substantial detriment to their business since we all know that the hoodrat thugs don't think they are subject to those rules.
Al Belmonte February 21, 2014 at 07:29 AM
This is great news! A good use for the location and a great repurposing of the existing building.
Frank Leeza February 21, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Now we know that if we go to this place we risk getting caught in the crossfire between debarge's scalding coffee and Zoot's flying bullets.
Mildred February 21, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Used to be when Starbucks moved into an area it was a PLUS for the area. Watch for the Mall across the street to fill up with UP SCALE STORES
Dan Solomon February 21, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Hi all: There is a coffee shop called the Perla Cafe at Dodge and Dempster which is in the same area as the new Starbucks. I have been going there for years. Sometimes I drive and sometimes I walk. No one has ever bothered me. I have always felt perfectly safe even though I was unarmed.
Jordan S. Zoot February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Frank Leeza.....while I certainly see the attempt at humor in your post there are a couple of points that need to be made. The first of which is that I am an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and as such, I take firearm safety very seriously and unless threatened with death or great bodily harm I wouldn't deploy a firearm period. The second and perhaps more significant is that there isn't a snowball's chance in HELL that I would EVER set foot in a Starbucks again. Starbucks has made it very clear that firearm owners aren't welcome in their stores [http://www.starbucks.com/blog/an-ope...d-schultz/1268]. If they choose to be a gun free zone I can respect that and will never spend a dime of my money in the store. If the sheep prefer a gun free zone where they can be slaughtered....unless all of you believe that the hoodrat thugs will respect the no firearm policy you have another thing coming. A very quick reminder....does anyone remember what happened on April 15, 2011. A SHOOTING AT THE DEMPSTER DODGE MCDONALDS. http://evanstonnow.com/story/public-safety/bill-smith/2011-04-15/shooting-at-mcdonalds-on-dempster
Frank Leeza February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Lighten up, Zoot, you know we love you. You know how close this new Starbucks is to the animal shelter, right? That could kill two birds with one stone right there.
Jordan S. Zoot February 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Frank the issue with Starbucks restricting firearms is a serious one to me. But, I do see your point....how about we combine several Patch stories into one theme. We could take the euthanized dogs from the Shelter, chop the meat up and put them into Hot Pockets so Starbucks could sell dog meat filled pastries. Starbucks could be required to hire deviant sexual predators like Barry Marquez [cretin arrested on the Red Line] so that all of these fine upstanding Evanston residents had regular employment. The they could hire the two bandits that have been robbing people of their cellphones at gunpoint in South Evanston to watch the parking lot and help people in and out of their cars. They could have Linda Gelb from CARE as the head of HR for Starbucks...she could conduct behavior tests and decide which of their stellar employees should be put down for not meeting her secret criteria. Oh and the NU football team will use the place as their new union hall. I think that combines enough to satisfy every libritard tree hugger in the entire community.
Lisa February 21, 2014 at 02:04 PM
I think it’s great that Starbucks is opening on Dodge & Dempster. I currently go to the Starbucks on Main St, but with the addition of the FFL Gas Station it’s becoming more challenging to get in and out of the parking lot and find a parking spot. Now, let’s get some stores over at the Dempster/Dodge Plaza!
Shep Ellis February 21, 2014 at 03:13 PM
The demographics do not support a Starbucks in the area.. Whole Foods and Marianos understood that when they declined the offer to open.
jim February 21, 2014 at 03:49 PM
they need a HEINEN'S in the old Dominick's
Jordan S. Zoot February 21, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Actually.....most of you will think this is crazy...but a shooting range with a retail firearms dealer would do great in the Dempster Dodge shopping mall. There clearly is enough space in the mall...the only firearms dealer within twelve miles is in Lincolnwood and doesn't have a range. There is nothing in Chicago at the moment. The closest range is Maxon at Oakton and Wolf Rd in Des Plaines. There used to be a range at Lincoln & Crawford. Gun people don't care much about the neighborhood and they spend $$. It would be interesting to watch the neighborhood hoodrats try to mug a bunch of gun guys. With everyone complaining about what wouldn't work in the location how about something that would work?
jim February 21, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Jordan combine it with a bowling ALLEY
Jordan S. Zoot February 21, 2014 at 04:04 PM
S if you happen to remember Gabby Hartnet was just that on Lincoln/Crawford....the only part that couldn't happen again is that they had the range in the basement with no ventilation and every time you went down their for an hour and breathed in all of that lead dust you would come up dim witted for a week.
jim February 21, 2014 at 04:11 PM
your thought of range is something that will generate activity in that mall and it could be done safely. just though small bowling alley would help also. Since there maybe another store be vacated sometime this year.
neighbor February 21, 2014 at 07:26 PM
If this comment chain is any indication, more than likely the people that went into a basement shooting range were already dim witted .
Jordan S. Zoot February 21, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Sorry neighbor ten to one I would sooner hang around with the people I have met at the shooting range than the population within a four block radius of the Starbucks site. The more I think about it the more sense it would make to bring that type of business to the property.
Javi Javs February 22, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Can't to see this place open. Since Dunkin is about the only one getting most of the business from coffee people. The Perla Cafe never really hear about this place too much. Now that Dominick's is gone maybe some businesses will locate there. In the past Dominick's had a big say on who can move into that plaza.
Abigail Dash February 22, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Jordan you are annoying and obviously don't know the city of Evanston very well. The areas south, east, and west of Dempster and Dodge are nice decent areas. The sad reality is you are more likely to be robbed in downtown Evanston or in south east evanston then when visiting this new starbucks. And to the fool Shep Ellis who said the demographics of the area dont support a starbucks There are many nice, friendly and law abiding people who live near Penny Park and Robert Crown center who would probably frequent this starbucks. In addition to dempster being a main road used to get to 94 many people driving on dempster would be able to stop for coffee on their way to work also throw in the faculty and students going to ETHS this location will be busy especially if they have a drive thru. I believe this is a great start to filling up the vacant stores in the area.
Shep Ellis February 22, 2014 at 09:42 AM
A gun range would be great. This would bring in business from a 20 mile radius. By the way nice, friendly and law abiding citizens is not a demographic.!!
Jordan S. Zoot February 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Abigail Dash let me start by indicating that you must be a loud mouthed ignorant foul smelling BIMBO! Now that the labeling is done you are wrong I know the demographics of Evanston very well..nice that you choose to ignore areas north of the location or activity around the high school. Personally I have nothing against the Starbucks other than its asinine desire to be a gun free death zone. I hope they take the space and do well. However, I see great potential for a shooting range and firearms dealer in the Dempster Dodge shopping center and WILL start the process of seeing what has to be done regarding zoning and getting the City on board since the City of Chicago lost in Federal in court and municipalities in Illinois can ban ranges pursuant to the decision in Ezell. I kind of like the idea of a shopping drip being shooting 100 rounds of .45 AC P and picking up coffee on the way home though I would probably prefer the McDonalds drive in.
John Chrusciel February 22, 2014 at 01:15 PM
I think a range in the Dempster Dodge Mall would be great. It would be even better if the Starbucks they are proposing keeps the KFC style drive through. Then I could drive through with my concealed weapon and get my coffee on the way to the range.
John Chrusciel February 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Abigail, I am all for progress and getting the Dempster Dodge Mall and the area up and running with some quality businesses. But look at the massive turnover at that mall. Nothing lasts. (Well the pizza place is still there). Did you ever think there might be a problem with the neighborhood there? Go east and it gets nice real fast. Go west and it gets nice. Go south and it gets nice. Go north towards the HS and well, its not so good. The discount gas station just west of there has been robbed many times and there is lots of trouble there. The parking lot across from the CMC, there is always someone trying to steal from the vehicles there or trying to sleep in the parked cars. And the corner of Dempster and Dodge has a heavy police presence right after school gets out. I am sure the cops are always there for a reason. The reason is..there are problems in that neighborhood.
Lora Kirk February 23, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Jordan, you've crossed the line by personally attacking Abigail. It's unnecessary to be rude in a simple discussion about neighborhood stores. Abigail responded to your "4-block radius" generalization in an accurate manner. No one that lives in this neighborhood denies that there is a problem with crime along Dodge north of Dempster. That was her point in mentioning the other 75% of the area. And that's why, with the Mayor's infinite wisdom, we're getting Homeland Security cameras installed along Dodge <sigh>. I think the idea of a shooting range is interesting, as I'd like to see the thugs learn better aim so they are more accurate when they shoot at each other & innocent bystanders are no longer injured by crossfire. Does a commercial range require proof of registration & a FOID card? I agree thst Starbucks entering that corner may bode well for luring other businesses to the area. It's unfortunate that the indepently-owned Perla Cafe, less than a half-block east, may suffer, although it's possible that their customer base will remain unaffected by the entrance of Starbucks to the area. An interview with Perla's owner by the Patch would be appreciated. The demographic & traffic necessary to support a Mariano's or Whole Foods is different from that which is necessary to support a Starbucks (esp. with a drive-through). I doubt that Starbucks Corp makes their site choices w/o solid numbers to support the placement. Please try to refrain from hitting the Post button before you ensure your post is on-topic & civil.
jim February 23, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Lora I don't think Abigail was all peaches and cream in her comments either. Not sure why people need to name call
Jordan S. Zoot February 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Lora....if you go back and read I wasn't the one that made the first personal attack. I merely "returned the favor" ["Jordan you are annoying and obviously don't know the city of Evanston very well."]. There is no such thing as "proof of registration". A FOID card is either required, or a person brought as a guest must be accompanied by a person with a FOID card. The notion that any of the "thugs" would be able to utilize the range is insane. The last thing anyone that is responsible ought be attempting to do is provide a prohibited person to do anything with a firearm.
Shep Ellis February 23, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Zoot , thanks for sticking up for me. The fool comment was a little bazaar. I would be interested in pursuing the possibility of a gun range in Evanston. I'm from Arizona where a handgun was one of my work tools! Lets talk!

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