HYDE PARK — A spouse-and-wife restaurateur workforce a short while ago ordered a Hyde Park eatery that’s been a 53rd Road fixture for many years, and they’ll swap the eatery with a soul food stuff notion they’ve distribute throughout the city.
Oooh Wee It Is bought Mellow Yellow, 1508 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park, about a month back, proprietor Mark Walker confirmed Friday. Walker operates Oooh Wee It Is with his spouse Shae.
Mellow Yellow, which opened in 1976 and specialised in ’70s fare like quiches, crêpes and baked potatoes, will near subsequent its final working day of operation Sunday.
It will be changed by a new Oooh Wee It Is site, featuring the brand’s “soul food items with a twist” specialties, its trademark cereal bar, a pasta bar and robotic servers, Walker claimed.
“Knowing that Mellow Yellow has been a staple since 1976, [it’ll] be suitable to be in Hyde Park period of time — just to have our brand name there,” Walker mentioned. “When my real estate agent identified as and advised me this was a deal that could be on the table, I jumped at the option.”
Renovations to the space will get about 60-75 days to finish, with construction starting Monday. Oooh Wee It Is is envisioned open in Hyde Park in August, Walker explained.
The robot servers will address Walker’s issues about staffing the cafe, even though all existing Mellow Yellow staff members will be able to retain their work, he reported.
Existing workforce will be transferred to other Oooh Wee It Is outposts until eventually the Hyde Park renovations are comprehensive.
“We’re just attempting to modernize Mellow Yellow and deliver a several various things to Hyde Park that it does not at this time offer,” Walker said.
The sale includes Mellow Yellow’s area and brand name, Walker stated. He declined to share the purchase selling price, but mentioned the brand name will be rebooted this tumble as a tenant in a new food items hall idea he’s opening at 79th and LaSalle streets in Auburn Gresham.
“We will be working a meals hall with about 7 various places to eat in that just one certain location — a person getting Mellow Yellow, [which is doing] breakfast only and closing at 3 p.m.,” Walker stated.
Two other foodstuff hall tenants are locked in so far, Walker said. They are Kim Stratton’s Kitchen, a Southern cafe based in Calumet City’s River Oaks Shopping mall and Bill’s Grill, a barbecue joint which also sells its sauces at Complete Foodstuff.
Oooh Wee It Is begun in 2014 as a line of sweet teas made with community uncooked honey instead of sugar, which were being sold at the 87th Avenue Harold’s Rooster in close proximity to the Dan Ryan.
The Walkers opened their initial dine-in cafe in south suburban Burnham in fall 2020 and have given that opened quite a few other areas in Chicago, which includes types in Chatham and Wicker Park.
They are on the lookout to extend into Texas and Ga, as properly as open up franchising opportunities for other restauranteurs, Walker explained.
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