Initial plans have been revealed for a commercial development near the Pullman National Monument in the far South Side. Located near the corners of E 111th Street and S Doty Avenue, the building will replace an empty lot and bring even more life to an area that recently had a hotel and grocery store proposed as well. The developers behind the project are Mark Doyle and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives who are working with local architecture firm Edafos Studio on the design.
Expected to hold a roastery and brewery led by co-developer Mark Doyle who has a long history in developing small businesses in Chicago. After working with an Army task force in Afghanistan in 2011, Doyle saw the homelessness and mental health challenges facing veterans upon returning home, causing him to open his first business. With this he employed veterans as coffee roasters in collaboration with Passion House in Garfield Park, this grew into RNR Brews with a similar business model and now needs more space according to Eater.
This is what is leading to the new two-story commercial building with inset balconies, black metal detailing, and a mostly red brick facade with an alternating direction pattern. Inside will be seating for 75 to 100 patrons along with brewing capabilities, a rooftop terrace facing the city, and a drive-thru as they serve elevated eats. Doyle hopes to create 55 to 65 jobs which will be filled by veterans who will hopefully live in a new facility planned not too far from the site.
Future visitors to the brewery could utilize bus service for CTA Route 111A on site, Routes 4 and 115 via a five-minute walk as well as the 111th stop on the Metra Electric line. As the area continues to grow new developments continue to be announced like the recently opened Culvers and multiple residential proposals. At the moment a formal groundbreaking date has yet to be announced for the project, but a rough opening date of 2024 was provided.
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