With a Starbucks on seemingly every corner of Lincoln Park, it'l be refreshing when the Hotel Lincoln opens March 8 and debuts Elaine's Coffee Call. The intimate cafe will sit just off the hotel's lobby, but will also have a separate entrance off Clark Street. The cafe, which will be run by the Boka Restaurant Group, will serve hotel guests and neighborhood folks who need a quick fix. And that fix will be pretty great since the pastries will come from adjacent Perennial Virant and coffee will be serviced by La Colombe.
But what makes the European-style coffeeshop even more special is the nod to the building's history it gives through its name. Back in the day when the property was the Lincoln Hotel, the hotel's operator, Elaine, used to call up to one-time hotel resident David Mamet (yes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright) each night to see if Mamet would like his evening beverage, whether tea, coffee or something else. In addition to Elaine's, watch for room service by Perennial Virant and The Parker, a sexy rooftop lounge overlooking the park and Lake Michigan, which is also operated by the Boka Group, that will open in June.