LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors using The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail can now grab a cup of coffee without leaving the elevated walking and biking path.
The coffee bar debuted last weekend with a menu of traditional coffee drinks and other beverages, including espresso, lattes, cold brew, tea and sparkling water. Weather permitting, it will be in operation 7 a.m.-3 p..m. Friday-Sunday through October, owner Raoul Adwan said.
The pop-up is a partnership with LG Group, the developer behind the large apartment complex Trailhead at 1744 N Western Ave., Adwan said.
Adwan is a former educator who launched Thrd Coffee Company early in the pandemic after his previous employer, Brighton Park’s Mansueto High School, was shut down.
The Southwest Side native used his experience working for coffee companies in Chicago, including Back of the Yards Coffee and Tradecraft Coffee & Tea Outfitters, to build a traveling coffee bar business for events and other gatherings.
Thrd Coffee Company has grown over the past two years. Adwan and his team of baristas have worked more than 100 pop-ups and catering gigs, serving coffee at conventions, weddings and corporate events, he said.
Adwan said The Bloomingdale Trail pop-up brings him a step closer to his goal of opening a brick-and-mortar coffee shop in Humboldt Park, where he lives.
“It’s going to be really great exposure,” Adwan said. “When I wanted to start the business, [the trail] is one of the spots I wanted to try to do, but I was always nervous about doing it legally. It was such a great opportunity to partner up with an organization that can give us those approvals.”
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