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Dollop Opening Delayed By Fire

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jan 14, 2013 9:35PM

Owner Dan Weiss in the midst of the fire damage.
It's been a bad week for restaurants and fire in Chicago - and we're not talking about overcooked steaks. First, Dragon Ranch caught on fire and had to close. Now Dollop, the new coffeehouse set to open in Streeterville on Wednesday, has burned, delaying the opening indefinitely.

This is Dollop's second location (there is another in Buena Park) and it promised to bring Streeterville to new coffee heights. Heck, it promised to bring Streeterville anything other than Starbucks. Dollop focuses on local food artisans and stocks things like Hoosier Mama Pies, Southport Grocery Croissants and other local goodies. Coffee is by Metropolis.

Unfortunately, we got word this morning that the restaurant had burned. A fire started in a pile of trash, according to a representative of the coffee shop, and spread throughout the shop. The sprinkler system stopped it from spreading to adjoining buildings, but the combination of water and fire damage did a number on the space. "Our spirits are high and we are working as fast as we can to get patched up and open!" said owner Dan Weiss.