WEST TOWN —Missing Atomix Coffee Shop? Help is on the way.
Afterglow, a cafe from the owners of Logan Square’s Damn Fine Coffee, will open this winter at 1957 W. Chicago Ave., according to an Instagram post.
Damn Fine co-owner Josh Miller initially announced the idea to replace Atomix last year.
Miller worked at Atomix more than a decade ago and eventually opened his own spot, Damn Fine at 3317 W. Armitage Ave., with three others in 2016.
“I thought it was a great spot,” Miller said last year of Atomix. “I still think it’s a great spot, [one] that’s ready for an update.”
Miller could not immediately be reached for comment about the opening date Monday.
When Murphy bought the coffee shop, he didn’t change Paul’s original space theme, which included an iconic blue-and-white mural of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
Other trendy coffee shops came to the neighborhood, and Murphy struggled to keep the business afloat, he said. Especially since many of the writers, artists and students who once comprised the bulk of his customer base could no longer afford to live in neighborhood.
“I’m not sour about this. … It’s a matter-of-fact thing,” Murphy said last year. “Businesses that are thriving [in West Town] would not have been able to exist years ago. And businesses that existed years ago, would not be able to thrive today.”
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