LOGAN SQUARE — It’s official: the coffeeshop that will become a neighbor of Margie’s Candies at 1953 N. Milwaukee Ave. is Wicker Park’s very own and beloved Wormhole Coffee.
On Tuesday, Wormhole Coffee owner Dan Weiss said a 90s-themed “Wormhole 2” would open beside Margie’s Candies in September. Eater first reported the news.
Wicker Park’s Wormhole Coffee, 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave., is 80s-themed.
Weiss, the owner of Chicago chain Dollop Coffee Company, bought Wormhole two years ago.
On Monday, Weiss told Eater he and his business partner, former Wormhole owner Travis Schaffner, were “delighted” about the Bucktown expansion.
Weiss is already familiar with the Wicker Park/Bucktown area; there’s a Dollop Coffee in the Ukrainian Village at 1000 N. Damen Ave. Weiss also owns Caffe Streets at 1750 W. Division St., on the Wicker Park/East Village border.
Margie’s Candies is a well-known, third-generation ice cream parlor. Technically in Logan Square, the Margie’s Candies building also borders Bucktown, and is not too far from nearby Wicker Park and Humboldt Park.
Wormhole 2 is not the only business hoping to join Margie’s at the busy intersection of Milwaukee, Western and Armitage avenues.
McKinley Park-based Marz Community Brewing plans to bring a 1,300-square-foot, 40-seat taproom and brewery to 1965 N. Western Ave.
But first, Marz owners must win approval from a neighborhood group and Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) to lift an alcohol moratorium that covers Western Avenue from Bloomingdale to Armitage avenues.
If successful, the establishment would serve experimental beer, kombucha, tea and an array of other Marz beverages, plus beer-friendly snacks like cheese plates, chips and jerky.
In January of this year, Block Club reported that building owner Baum Revision received a $100,000 building permit for a coffee shop at the site. At the time, the company did not specify what coffee shop would be moving into the building.
In June 2018, the city issued a building permit to Baum Revision for a $3.7 million renovation project, which included the addition of 20 apartments to the second floor above Margie’s. The project did not require a zoning change.
Baum Revision and Outpost Development co-purchased the building at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave. in July 2016, DNAInfo reported. County records show the purchase amounted to $3.73 million.
First built in 1917 for First Securities Bank, the Margie’s Candies building was later acquired by Cole Taylor Bank.
Peter Poulos, owner of Margie’s, previously said that Margie’s Candies was called First Securities Candies when it opened in 1921. The name was changed in 1933 when his father, George Poulos, became the shop’s sole owner and named it for his wife, Margie.
Mina Bloom’s reporting contributed to this story.
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