WICKER PARK — A new restaurant is moving into the former digs of Scone City, bringing healthy fare to Wicker Park.
Graze, a health-conscious fast-casual restaurant with three Chicago locations, is moving its flagship operation to 1632 W. Division St. in mid-December.
In moving to Wicker Park, the restaurant will leave its post inside Revival Food Hall in The Loop.
Moving the company’s headquarters to Wicker Park is something Graze founder and West Town resident Mason Edelson has long envisioned.
“I’ve wanted to be on Division for awhile,” he said. “I’ve seen the growth, the foot traffic, the crowd. It’s my neighborhood and I love it.”
Edelson founded Graze in 2016. Unlike many other tenants of Revival Food Hall, he actually started his company from within the co-op. (Most other companies, he said, used Revival to expand an existing brand).
Graze, which also offers delivery, will give the “work from home” crowd an alternative to pizza, sandwiches and other heavier foods currently offered along Division Street, Edelson said.
While the restaurant’s “bread and butter” is acai bowls, the Wicker Park flagship will also offer salads, plant-based smoothies, hot soups, buddha bowls, warm oats and coffee from Logan Square-based Passion House.
Everything on the Graze menu is dairy-free, gluten-free and meat-free, Edelson added.
It also shares a building with Spynergy, a cycling studio.
“The location is great,” he said. “I love being near the trains and the busses and the fitness elements. Having people who don’t necessarily work that 9-5 in the Loop and providing a fun unique option for them.”
Graze has two other locations in Lincoln Park and in River North.
“We just want it to be a place for everyone to come together, [and eat] unique different food. And still feel healthy energize and take on their day,” he said. “We’re excited to do something different.”
The Wicker Park spot’s hours of operation will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Edelson anticipates a mid-December opening. Follow Graze on Instagram for updates.
Scone City closed on Oct. 13 after four and a half years in the neighborhood.
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