Custom Fabrication Drives Explosive Growth at Bridgewater Studio

Bridgewater Studio co-founders Eric Cup, left, and Patrick Justice show off their custom fabrication shop in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Bridgewater Studio co-founders Eric Cup, left, and Patrick Justice show off their custom fabrication shop in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Published October 11, 2019

Business Name: Bridgewater Studio, Inc.
Address: 1719 W. 35th St.
Industry: Custom fabrication, design and installation
Online: https://bridgewaterstudio.net

A big demand for bespoke fabrication — and the capability to quickly deliver a high-quality end product — has propelled McKinley Park neighborhood-based Bridgewater Studio through 100 percent year-to-year growth and toward a big business expansion, said Bridgewater Studio co-founder Eric Cup.

"We embraced high technology," Cup said. "it's been critical to our growth."

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New Restaurant Pochos Launches Luxe Weekend Brunch

Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Published August 22, 2019

Business Name: Pochos
Address: 2025 W. 35th St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat.-Mon.
Online: Pocho's Facebook Page

Pochos restaurant opens this weekend, on Saturday, August 24, with a brunch service that's impossible to find anywhere else in the area, said Irene Acosta, one of the three partners in this new venture. Acosta, along with her husband, Miguel Hernandez, and Xavier Hernandez (no relation) hope to leverage their combined 50 years in the food service industry into a restaurant business that grows, step by step, from its initial weekend brunch.

"We want to build a community around food," Acosta said.  "For years, I hoped my husband would open up a storefront restaurant."

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Baking Obsession Gives Rise to Scratch Pastries at Butterdough

Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Published August 14, 2019

Business Name: Butterdough
Address: 3452 S. Western Ave.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
Online: Butterdough's Facebook Page

Self-described baking geeks Uva and Lalo Leon worked as brothers to "destroy our parents kitchen" on their path to Butterdough, a new bakery and cafe just north of West 35th Street and South Western Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. "We got the idea to make this love of baking into a business," Uva Leon said.

Open since July 13, Butterdough offers freshly made coffee drinks, pastries and sandwiches, all created from scratch ingredients. Although the menu changes every day, constant staples include plain, almond and chocolate croissants, plus special items like the popular vegan horchata, Lalo Leon said. 

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Legendary Tres Leches Rise Again at Kristoffer's Cakes

Cristina and Carlos Chavarria stand with their son, Kristoffer, in the front of the namesake shop Kristoffer's Cakes, a new business in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Cristina and Carlos Chavarria stand with their son, Kristoffer, in the front of the namesake shop Kristoffer's Cakes, a new business in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Published January 15, 2019

Business Name: Kristoffer's Cakes
Address: 1735 W. 35th St.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun.
Website: KristoffersCakes.com

Kristoffer's Cakes offers coffee and sweets, including slices and whole tres leches cakes, from its charming storefront location on West 35th Street and South Hermitage Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Open to the public since November 24, 2018, Kristoffer's Cakes brings a renowned baker of Mexican delicacies and her family back to Chicago.

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One City Tap Stands Alone as McKinley Park's Sole Tavern

Marco Lopez Sr. and Marco Lopez Jr. stand behind the bar they opened nearly one year ago in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Marco Lopez Sr. and Marco Lopez Jr. stand behind the bar they opened nearly one year ago in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Published May 3, 2018

Business Name: One City Tap
Business Type: Tavern
Address: 3115 S. Archer Ave.
Time in the Neighborhood: Exactly one year as of May 5, 2018

"One City Tap focuses on providing a respectful service to our patrons and a verbal description of the products that we carry," said co-owner Marco ("J.R.") Lopez. "We carry a good amount of delicious beer," including 52 options and six taps, Lopez said. The bar also hosts several events throughout each month.

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