I’m excited to see something new going into the Rex place. I’ve long been wishing to see it shutter; never was a fan. Who knows what will replace it? Zarzuela has some competition. I’m excited.
A new coffee shop, called The Brew, opened today in the former florist’s shop space at 2436 Polk St., between Union and Filbert. The menu is pretty straightforward with the usual cappuccinos, espresso, etc., and the decor is simple; there’s really no angle that sets this place apart. But nevertheless it’s a nice, quiet place to relax and they serve great coffee; I ordered a latte, which I enjoyed. There are several places to sit, including window stools overlooking the sidewalk and comfortable leather chairs. There are even some toys and a play area in the back for kids.
It’s exciting to see a new business open on Polk, especially on that side of Union, which is less commercial. There is no shortage of coffee shops on Polk, but this one in particular seems ideal for those who want to avoid the bustle of Starbuck’s and Peet’s or want more square footage than Royal Ground affords you.
Cafe Golo has applied to have two outdoor tables on the sidewalk. Yay!? I love this place. The food is great and affordable, and the service is fantastic. But Lombard isn’t exactly the most picturesque place to dine. It would be better if Golo actually told people they have an outdoor patio – do you know they do?