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Family Cafe Eyes Former Osco Site at Oakton and Asbury

The owners of Little Beans Cafe in Lincoln Park are negotiating a lease to open at the old Osco site.

The owners of Lincoln Park's Little Beans Cafe are negotiating a lease to open a second cafe at the former Osco site at Oakton and Asbury, according to Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th Ward).

"This is not a done deal, but we're still hopeful," Burrus said after announcing the news at Monday night's city council meeting. 

Little Beans Cafe, 1809 W. Webster in Chicago, includes a family cafe and indoor playground space for kids. Parents can stop in for a cup of coffee or a snack and relax or work while their kids play on the playground. The owners are both Evanston residents, according to Burrus.

The 14,000-square-foot space that once housed an Osco store has been empty for more than seven years. When CVS acquired Osco, it decided that other nearby stores in its chain would serve the area and decided to close this store, Evanston economic development coordinator Paul Zalmezak told Patch last year. 

Burrus said the owners of Little Beans Cafe will be at the next ninth ward meeting to speak to residents, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. 
jim January 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM
During the time this property has been vacant there was a couple of Produce/Grocery Stores supposedly going to open. One at least had coming soon sign all over the windows for awhile. Perhaps they wanted City help and were turned down.
Ken March 04, 2014 at 01:22 PM
At some point the city should step in and pressure the landlord to work with a new tenant. Seven years is a ridiculous amount of time for a property to be vacant when tenants want to move in. Evanston should put a law in place for situations like this that make the tenant liable for lost tax revenue.
Jordan S. Zoot March 04, 2014 at 01:39 PM
The notion of a landlord being responsible for lost tax revenue is nothing short of insane and nonsensical. Where a landlord owns property, maintains it to code, and pay his property taxes there nothing that prevents the owner from keeping the property vacant. If you like property rights that work differently feel free to move to North Korea or Cuba. Second, if the space was rented to a church or other not for profit, they wouldn't even be paying property taxes so be thankful for small things.
Ken March 04, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Jordan, you equate protecting the interests of local citizens against higher taxes and potential lower property values to life in NK or Cuba? Interesting.
Jordan S. Zoot March 04, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Ken....no let's try it gain.....where an individual owns a piece of private property....the idea that government would force the individual to use the property as they saw fit rather than respecting his right as the owner of the property is something that I would expect of a communist government like North Korea or Cuba. In the United States, government does NOT have the right to tell an individual what he can or can't do with his property [at least in terms of something that doesn't create a health hazard, etc]. Your suggestion that law be changed to force someone to take on a tenant if they don't want to is interference with private property rights. If you don't appreciate that perhaps you should be living in North Korea or Cuba.

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