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Upcoming Division Street Restaurant Machine Giving Out Free Floral Bouquets

Set for noon- 3 p.m. Saturday, the flower event will give locals a taste of what's coming to the former Taus Authentic space.

Machine will let passersby build their own bouquets on Saturday, while supplies last.
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WICKER PARK — To build excitement for its upcoming restaurant and to introduce locals to the concept of a table-side flower cart, Machine will give away free flowers on Saturday.

Set for noon- 3 p.m., or until supplies last, the build-your-own floral bouquet pop-up will be located on the outdoor patio at Machine, 1846 W. Division St.

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According to a news release, passersby will be able to select from a variety of flowers to create their own bouquet to take home with the help from a floral specialist, just as they will be able to do at The Florist at Machine.

Initially hoping to open this fall, Machine aims to debut early next year. The complete name of the massive 6,200 square-foot venture in the former Taus Authentic space is “Machine: engineered dining and drink.”

Owners Brian Galati and Chireal Jordan, co-owners of Machine Hospitality Group, said in a news release that their group’s namesake restaurant “will include a thoughtfully curated food menu and a truly unique cocktail program.”

Once open, Machine will include an in-house florist, open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.  

According to a news release, throwback tableside carts have made a comeback with champagne buckets, cocktail making, or cheese trays. Machine aims to take it “up a level by bringing diners back to an age of impeccable service, but with a truly sui generis [one of a kind] spin: a floral cart.”

Wheeled to a table upon request, the flower cart will allow diners to create an arrangement that stays on their table as they eat and then it can be brought home with them. Bouquets can also be made ahead of time to surprise dinner guests when they are seated, according to the news release.

Check out Machine’s Facebook page or Instagram for updates.