A Robust Expansion to River North

Jan 28, 2013, 15:43 ET from Rob Amaefule's Office

CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Despite a neighborhood filled with dining options, the popular River North neighborhood, nationally recognized for its versatile food selection will soon house its only neighborhood coffee shop.

Robust Coffee Lounge will soon offer exquisite coffee drinks and home-made menu items as well as serving a plethora of foodstuffs in collaboration with Chicago's greatest food artisans. They will also be providing their catering services to the Downtown area.

Robust Coffee Lounge, which successfully opened its first shop in 2010 on the southside of Chicago is expanding its operations to 416. W. Ontario this coming February. Robust Coffee Lounge has been seen on The Food Network, The OWN Network, The Steve Harvey Show and has been recognized as one of Chicago's 15 best coffee shops in Time-Out Magazine. During its tenure, Robust has been recognized for its coffee and food menu as well as its community awareness and participation in curbing youth violence. That type of community intimacy has become a staple for owners Derek Cortelyou and Jake Sapstein and their coffee lounge. The guys thought it would be the right move to wait and gain credibility before looking to branch out into a "high-stakes" neighborhood like River North.

"This is a fortunate opportunity in which we happen to come across when we were looking to open a second location. Once we realized the place was available, we took a look at it and saw that the ambiance really fell in place with how we wanted to present our shop to the community--We want to be that neighborhood shop," said Sapstein.

Keeping with their mission, Robust will continue to partner with some of the best local bakers and foodstuffs artisans including Brown Sugar Bakery, Hoosier Mama Pie's, The Spice House and of course the famous Alterra Coffee Roasters. The guy's are excited about expanding an already extensive menu that consists of almost everything made from scratch.

"We know the demand that comes with the territory of being here in River North - We are very excited about making River North a little more ROBUST!" said Sapsiein.

SOURCE Rob Amaefule's Office