LINCOLN PARK — Dom’s Kitchen & Market, a small-footprint grocery store from Bob Mariano, opened Tuesday in Lincoln Park.
The store, 2730 N. Halsted St., combines grocery shopping with restaurant dining and food delivery.
The 17,800-square-foot facility features more than a dozen show kitchens where people can order meals for dine-in, carryout or delivery; an all-day cafe; a bakery; a florist and other amenities.
“At Dom’s, we seek to offer well-crafted, locally sourced and globally inspired food in an interactive environment of discovery and generous hospitality that connects people to their community and each other,” said Don Fitzgerald, who is co-CEO of the store with Mariano.
Crews broke ground in September on the store, which is to be the first in a chain of neighborhood grocery and takeout stores.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who attended a Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dom’s, said the store will become a “neighborhood hub where residents and visitors alike can stop by several times a week, experience new foods each and every time and even watch the cooking process as they shop and wait for their meal.”
Mariano said in a statement the store “will not be conventional in any way” and will serve as a hub where neighbors can buy groceries, order meals to-go or grab a drink at the end of the day.
Dom’s will have a full kitchen that serves made-to-order meals inspired by cuisines from around the world, as well as a wine library with a curated selection of wine, spirits and beer, according to its website. Alcohol can be served on the premises.
Customers can also buy customized cold cooked-meat platters or European-inspired breads and confections from the store’s bakery.
“Good food and wine brings people together to eat, talk and communicate. This is what this place is about,” Mariano said Tuesday. “Food is something we all share, irrespective of our ethnicity, race or gender. It’s what nourishes us, and we all need it, so why not enjoy it with some of your friends” at Dom’s.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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