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Prowl Through DMK’s First Coffee Bar, Opening Next Week On Elston

Werewolf Coffee transformed a Wonder Bread truck into a barista counter

Werewolf Coffee Bar
Marc Much
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Grab those silver bullets, because DMK Restaurants’ (Ada Street, DMK Burger Bar, Henry’s) first coffee shop is opening next week. Werewolf Coffee Bar is opening Monday, April 3, inside the offices at 1765 N. Elston Ave., just southeast of Ashland and Clybourn. Though the espresso drinks will feature Metropolis coffee, Werewolf is embracing the multi-roaster approach, with drip offerings from Portland, Ore.’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee, as well.

The centerpiece of the space is a Wonder Bread delivery truck that’s been transformed into a barista counter. DMK officials say the retail space was built around the truck and they aren’t sure how long it’s been docked inside. Some of the mechanicals have been hollowed out. For example, there’s now a space on the hood for a turntable. The truck’s headlights also still work.

Designers, backed by the architects at Filorama Talsma, used reclaimed wood and exposed metal for an “industrial chic” feel. A garage door rolls up and opens to the building’s lobby, and there’s also a fireplace.

All coffees and teas are served with an animal cracker for an added touch. Baristas will pour drafts from four taps, including a Dark Matter bourbon barrel selection and Rishi Tea’s turmeric tonic.

In a world where companies are looking to give their employees perks in an effort to retain then, DMK is giving their staff something to make them howl. Reportedly, they’ll get their drinks for free. But Werewolf isn’t just for DMK workers. Take a look at the photos below. Werewolf Coffee opens next week.

Marc Much