After receiving more than $1 million in expansion funding, egg sandwich stalwart The Eastman Egg Company has set its sights on Chicago's hottest dining district. The food-truck-turned-local chain is heading to Randolph Row, taking over the space at 939 W. Randolph St. that was most recently home to Loretta's Bake Shop and Cafe, according to the company's director of finance as well as a building permit listed to founder and CEO Hunter Swartz. The opening is targeted for late October or early November.
The egg sandwich specialist has come a long way since it began as a food truck in 2013. This 1,000 square-foot Randolph Row space will be its third brick-and-mortar location in as many years, beginning with the original storefront that opened in the Loop in 2014 and a second in Ogilivie Transportation Center in 2015. The burgeoning local chain also reportedly signed a letter of intent for a Lakeview location, although it's unknown if that one will ever come to fruition.
Eastman Egg Company touts its farm-to-table approach to quick-service breakfast and lunch, sourcing its eggs and meats from Slagel Family Farms, bread from Logan Square's La Farine Bakery, and coffee from New York's Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Existing locations close after lunch service daily and focus on a variety of egg sandwiches and sliders, although it recently added a burger to its menu.
Meanwhile, it's curtains for well-liked neighborhood spot Loretta's Bake Shop and Cafe. The family-owned business named for the owner's mother called Randolph Row home for more than four years after opening in late February 2012 and appears to have closed for good in June, according to Yelpers.