A new player is entering the crowded Logan Square coffee scene as Caffe Umbria has plans to open a cafe, roastery, and training lab at 2535 W. Armitage Ave. A rep confirmed that the Seattle-based coffee company is targeting to open its new facility in November. Caffe Umbria entered the Chicago market in 2015 when it opened a River North Location, its first in the Midwest.
Caffe Umbria’s roots date back to the 1940s in Italy, and it operates five cafes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the sole Chicago location. The River North cafe also serves pastries, and there’s a focus on creating a European cafe atmosphere. A rep said there’s been a few snags, as they’ve been focused on opening new cafes in Seattle and Portland, but now they’re turning their attention back toward Chicago. Customers should expect a cafe that offers views of the roastery and lab.
Logan Square already sports coffee powerhouses including Gaslight, Ipsento, and Passion House — to name a few. While the rep cautioned that November is just a targeted opening, expect more details about the project in the coming weeks.