LOGAN SQUARE — Wormhole Coffee’s second location closed this week, but fans of the local coffee shop can rest assured its original cafe is here to stay, according to the owners.
Wormhole 2, a 90’s themed coffee bar at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., closed Thursday because the rent was too expensive for the business to be sustainable, said Dan Weiss, one of the owners.
“It’s always a really sad thing, closing down a coffee shop,” Weiss said. “It’s different from other kinds of businesses because it becomes so personal to regulars. It was just a special place where so much happened every day, so it’s a sad, weird feeling to see it go.”
The second location opened in July 2020 next to Margie’s Candies, but faced numerous challenges due to the pandemic. Although the shop had dedicated staff and plenty of regulars, business “just never got quite where it needed to be,” Weiss said.
“We gave it our best,” Weiss said. “It was an overly ambitious project and under normal circumstances, we might have been able to wait it out and see what happened, but we don’t really have time for that right now.”
Weiss said he hopes people who loved Wormhole 2 will head down the street to the original 80’s-themed location, 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave, which has a similar atmosphere and “is doing great.”
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