Women we love: Sellia Georges, Cupitol Coffee & Eatery owner

December 5, 2018

Repost from Lux & Concord, by Kaleigh

Coffee is the lifeblood of of our existence. Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but, in our opinion, that’s just because it involves coffee. So when we got the chance to sit down with Sellia Georges, the Owner of our favorite French-inspired cafe, Cupitol Coffee & Eatery {VISIT}, our coffee-loving hearts jumped at the chance. She comes from a food family, but she’s putting her own twist on the breakfast game with her cafes…

How did your time in Europe influence your dream for Cupitol?

I wanted to open an all-day easy going café that offers our guests an experience from day to night, combining great coffee, quality and quick service dining.

How did you move from this idea to actually opening your first location?

Along with my father and uncle who are experienced restaurateurs who have owned Elly’s Brunch + Café (formerly Elly’s Pancake House) for more than 20 years, we agreed that the Evanston space was perfect and allowed us to keep the vision of Cupitol as we saw it. The size is extremely suitable and Evanston is a perfect combination of urban, business and families. A perfect fit for our all-day lounge concept.

What is something no one tells you about opening a business?

You’re never ready to open; you just have to go for it.

How was expanding to your second store different from opening the concept initially?

I was less stressed with opening in Streeterville because of the success we had in Evanston. It was very well received which led to more structure and we knew what to expect.

What are some of your favorite menu items?

Anything with espresso! Our Avocado Wrap if a great breakfast pick-me-up. From our dinner menu, I love the Wild Mushroom Alfredo with the Cupitol Passion Cocktail for summertime!

How do you decide on and work with your partners and sourcing companies?

We always go as local as possible. It’s important to us to build relationships with family-owned partners as well that offer great quality.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

You can’t please everyone all the time!

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

When you people give you feedback or advice, take the positive and filter the negative.

How do you balance your personal and professional life?

It’s difficult sometimes! I love working in Chicago and don’t like taking time off in Chicago. My time off is mostly spent over the summer in Greece with friends & family. But even when I’m there, I’m constantly brainstorming new ideas and experiences to bring to Cupitol.

What is your favorite part of the Chicago food world?

It’s so diverse! There are so many options for great, reliable service.

What do you like to do in Chicago when you’re not working?

Exercising! I love bike riding outside and taking long walks by the lake. I enjoy yoga after a long day, exploring coffee shops and keeping up with the latest movies.

USA Today 10Best: Coffee & Breakfast in Streeterville

January 11, 2018

 

USA Today 10Best Chicago Restaurants

Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, Greek

Cupitol Coffee & Eatery is an all-day lounge located in Streeterville and Evanston that serves just what you crave after the sunrise. Choose various breakfast sandwiches and protein breakfasts like housemade corned beef hash with poached eggs. Also look out for a deliciously sloppy country Benedict with house-made buttermilk biscuits topped with sage pork sausage gravy and poached eggs also found on their signature sweet potato bowl. The European Breakfast with the thickest Greek yogurt you’ve ever witnessed, sprinkled with homemade almond granola, berries and local raw honey. Pancakes and Belgian waffles are made with a proprietary mix.

Cupitol shines with housemade croissant, muffins, scones and sweet rolls of all kinds. Expect lovely tarts, macaroons and financiers in the display case or try a slab of homemade pie from spinach to the Bougatsa made with cream, milk and sugar. Savor TAF espresso and Passion House’s beans featured in non espresso drinks. Or, go for a smoothie or organic cold pressed juices. Lunch and dinner options look equally appealing.

EUROPEAN BREAKFAST / Greek yogurt, homemade almond granola, berries, local 100% raw honey

https://www.10best.com/destinations/illinois/chicago/streeterville/restaurants/cupitol/

Cupitol Coffee & Eatery is a casual All-Day Lounge that brings together the best elements of a restaurant, a bakery, a café and an exclusive bar.

European style- counter service offers guests fresh coffee, pastries, cold-pressed juices, as well as everything you would desire from breakfast to dinner. By only selecting the freshest and most delicious ingredients and focusing on locally-sourced, home-made products, Cupitol combines extraordinary quality with unexpectedly sweet prices.

 

 

Rise and Shine! Great Breakfast Spots in Chicago

September 19, 2017

Repost from Make it better, by Julie Chernoff

This has quickly become Evanston’s go-to spot for meetings and those “working from home”. It’s not just the WiFi that brings in the crowds, but the comfy all-day lounge seating (don’t panic, there are tables, too!) and the terrific food. The Sweet Potato Bowl ($9), chock full of brown rice, kale and coconut curry topped with a poached egg, is my current favorite, but I’ve also spent quality time with the Avocado Wrap ($7), the griddled whole wheat tortilla wrapped protectively around scrambled eggs, guacamole, queso fresco and pico de gallo. The Freddo Cappuccino is a must, and the pastry selection is ridiculously comprehensive.