Dining in a Hurry-Up World

April 18, 2017

Repost from ChicagoNow, by Barbara Revsine

The welcome mat is always out and the house made croissants are always fresh and flaky at Cupitol in downtown Evanston and Cupitol in Streeterville. Both neighborhoods are in growth mode, with residential housing options multiplying rapidly. And while neither area is suffering from a restaurant drought, owner Sellia Georges says Cupitol occupies a niche where there’s always room for one more.

Cupitol partners a quick- serve format with separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All three offer a mix of grab- and- go and cooked- to- order options, and as a result, the restaurants can easily accommodate their guests, whatever their schedules. That’s especially important in our hurry-up world, where schedules and dining patterns are continually changing. Check out the scene on a weekday, and it’s obvious that more people are eating in restaurants on an everyday basis than ever before. The shift is especially apparent in the morning.

Pre- Starbucks and the advent of the portable office, people typically ate breakfast at home, at least on weekdays. Juice, cereal, toast and coffee, the line-up was short, simple and boring. That’s changed, not for everyone, but for enough people to create a sizeable market.
At Cupitol, where the eggs are cooked to order, the ham is cut off the bone and the pastries are made at Sellia’s family’s bakery, the menu is as customer friendly on Monday as it is on Sunday. So is the 7am starting time.

The diversity continues as the day progresses. Hot and cold sandwiches, soups and entrée salads are available all day. And at 4 pm, when the dinner menu kicks in, the mix includes everything from skirt steak and pasta to fish dishes made with sustainably caught fish. It’s an “everybody” kind of menu in a “somebody” kind of place.

Tour Streeterville’s All-Day Cafe, Cupitol, Arriving in the City

March 19, 2017

Repost from Eater, by 

The team behind Cupitol, a popular all-day cafe and restaurant that opened last year in suburban Evanston, will debut a second location on Monday in Chicago. That’s when European-influenced coffee drinks and food come to Streeterville at 455 E. Illinois Street. Grab-and-go options serve morning commuters, while more robust items — like skirt steak — are available at night.

There’s a more industrial feel for their city location inside the River East Plaza, the same development that includes Target, Molly’s Cupcakes, and Pinstripes. Big windows draw sunlight so workers can lounge around during the day in comfort. When the sun sets, it’s a place to meet up before or after a movie across the street at the AMC River East 21, just a block west across the street.

Omelettes, pancakes, salads, and sandwiches all populate the menu. Cupitol promises more upscale selections, not just reheated food that’s common at many coffee shops. Plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian choices are also available.

Check out the photos below. Cupitol will be open from 7 a.m until 10 p.m. daily starting Monday in Streeterville.

Blackboard Eats: Eat this Now—The Wellness Edition

February 7, 2017

Repost from Blackboard Eats, by Nicole Schnitzler

There’s no better way to kick off the New Year than with some healthy choices, but that hardly means we need to corner ourselves in our kitchen with cayenne, lemon juice, and honey for days on end. In fact, there’s still much to celebrate after December 31 in Chicago, with a number of recently opened eateries pulling their own by offering dishes that are as good for your taste buds as they are for your waistline.

Sweet potato bowl at Cupitol

It doesn’t get much better than this café’s satisfying bowl, which is brimming with brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry, a poached egg, and sweet potatoes—a dynamite source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. If that weren’t enough, they taste dang good with just about anything, as chef-owner Sellia Georges knows well.