|Counter at Cafe Press (800 S. Clark)|
The folks behind Burger Bar have brought a new two-in-one concept to the South Loop. Cafe Press and Sociale—a daytime coffee shop and cafe on one side and a Mediterranean small plate restaurant and wine bar on the other—officially opened on Friday on South Clark Street, and neighborhood residents hungry for more restaurants and cafes are already flocking.
The 22-seat Cafe Press serves Sparrow coffee drinks, sandwiches, pastries, salads, smoothies and teas in the morning and afternoon. On the other side, the 120-seat Sociale has an array of Mediterranean hot and cold small plates, entrees, wine and cocktails in the evenings. Check out photos of both settings above.
We actually stumbled upon the restaurants "soft opening" last Thursday in need of a quick dinner option. While we were interested in the restaurant, we need the quickness of a carry-out counter and opted for a falafel sandwich and chicken panini at Cafe Press.
While it wasn't blazingly fast, it was opening day after all. The chicken panini was enjoyed, the falafel sandwich was not as much. Regardless, we will be back to check out Sociale and give Cafe Press another shot (after all, the name screams coffee, not necessarily dinner sandwich).
Business Counter is updated.