Dom’s Kitchen & Market, the niche grocer that’s packing a mini-food hall of sorts with a coffeeshop, has an opening date. Dom’s will debut to the public on June 8, according to a spokesperson. Construction continues at the corner of Diversey and Halsted at 2730 N. Halsted Street in Lincoln Park, just south of Lakeview.
The goal is expansion, and Dom’s has raised $25 million in venture capital and other sources. The chain is described as “a next-generation omnichannel local food emporium.” This is the first location for Dom’s, a project from Bob Mariano, the founder of the Mariano’s grocery chain. His budding chain won’t be as large as Mariano’s, a traditional American supermarket. It’s taking cues from global markets that are smaller and known more for stocking goods from local purveyors.
The food hall side will have Asian and other cuisines represented. Customers can order custom charcuterie plates. Fresh baked goods and breakfast sandwiches will also be available, and there’s a grab-and-go section that includes sushi. Dom’s will also serve alcoholic drinks on premises.
Crews razed a dated strip mall with a parking lot that housed a Dunkin’, repurposing it for Dom’s, a business that better fits Chicago’s city’s urban needs. The car parking remains, and it appears they’ll set up patio tables right outside the windows to provide some outdoor seating, a real commodity during the pandemic.
Mariano would found his namesake grocery chain in 2010 after working as CEO of Roundy’s, the subsidiary of Kroger that operates hundreds of stores across the Midwest. “Dom’s” is a reference to Dominick’s Finer Foods, the defunct Chicago grocery chain from Dominick DiMatteo. DiMatteo’s great-grandson is Jay Owen, who’s part of Dom’s leadership team. Owen’s company, Dom Capital Group, is known for investing in projects including restaurants like Freshii and Rick Bayless’ venues.
Stay tuned for more updates. Dom’s is one of the most anticipated openings of 2021.
Dom’s Kitchen & Market, 2730 N. Halsted, planned for a June 8 opening.