Z&H in the HP: First Bronzeville Hot Spot Invades Hyde Park, Next the World?
By JoshMogerman in Food on Aug 29, 2010 5:45PM
Zaleski & Horvath in Hyde Park [Jmogs]
Given the neighborhood anticipation of the opening (check out the breathless run up coverage over at Hyde Park Progress), it was no surprise that the place was packed when we popped in yesterday. No sign announces the new store’s presence, but it’s pretty hard to miss. A glass garage-style rollup window dominates the storefront and opens the espresso bar to the street with the happily caffeinat*ed spilling out onto the buzzing block across from the Bixler Play Lot. Inside, exposed brick and painted tin roof add an appropriately classy look to the updated sandwich counter and grocery section, while a painted mural depicting a kitchen stocked with ingredients for Z&H’s most popular deli items adds to the welcoming vibe.
Co-owners Tim Schau and Sam Darrigrand told the Chicago Maroon, “It’s a completely different atmosphere. We don’t have a lot of walking [at our current location]. The dynamic of the store will be different, but the concept will be very similar.” There’s no doubt they have another winner on their hands. We just hope they can juggle the two locations and keep things strong for their 47th Street fans---remember your Bronzeville roots gentlemen!
Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafes can be found at 1126 E. 47th Street and 1323 East 57th Street.