Rapidly-expanding bakeshop chain Molly’s Cupcakes is growing its Chicago footprint once again, this time in the South Loop. The sweet treat purveyor is taking over the former Artists Cafe, a downtown landmark that closed in February after nearly six decades, at 1150 S. Wabash Avenue. Representatives have not yet responded to requests for information or the shop’s projected opening date, but a Sloopin post shared a few exterior photos of the space and Molly’s website lists the new location.
Molly’s seems to be on a hot streak, as a new Fulton Market location next to the Morgan “L” station opened earlier this month. This is the fifth Chicago-area Molly’s Cupcakes location, and additional shops are currently open in Streeterville, Lincoln Park, and Naperville, as well as New York, Iowa, and Ohio. It’s named for owner John Nicolaides’ cupcake-toting third-grade teacher, “Miss Molly.”
Molly’s Cupcakes offers a wide range of classic and creative cupcake flavors, such as French buttercream, carrot, and “samoa” (vanilla cake, caramel filling, buttercream, toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel drizzle, shortbread cookie). Cookies, pies, and ice cream are also available, as is the chain’s popular “sprinkle station,” where customers can load up on colorful toppings. All bakery items are baked on-site.
Stay tuned for updates on Molly’s Cupcakes forthcoming South Loop location.