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Bow Truss Coffee Chain Owner Phil Tadros Charged With Domestic Battery

Police arrested him on Thursday and released him on Friday

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Phil Tadros’ mug shot
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New details have emerged surrounding the arrest of Bow Truss coffee owner Phil Tadros, who was charged last week with misdemeanor domestic battery. Tadros allegedly bit the finger of a woman and then knocked her down leaving an elbow scrape during an argument. The incident happened Thursday on the 3600 block of North Wayne Avenue, according to a police report.

After allegedly knocking the woman down, Tadros drove away and returned to the house where police arrested him. DNAinfo first reported the incident. The 37-year-old Tadros, owner of Chicago’s largest independent coffee chain, is due in court on Sept. 3. He posted a $2,000 bond. The maximum sentence for the crime is a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Tadros declined comment on Tuesday. It’s more negative publicity for Bow Truss, as last month Crain’s released a scathing report chronicling Tadros’ business dealings, reporting that he's been involved in at least 15 lawsuits. Besides Bow Truss, he owns Aquanaut Brewing. He also found a space in Lakeview for The Budlong to open their first location which also served as the site for Iliana Regan's Bunny, The Microbakery. Besides the aid in finding the space on Broadway, Tadros is not affiliated with The Budlong.