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River Valley Kitchens Takes Over Former City Provisions Storefront

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 26, 2013 6:15PM

2013_8_26_RiverValley.png Fans of City Provisions, rejoice—you'll be getting a locally-focused market and deli back again. It just won't be run by Cleetus Friedman, who is whooping it up (and doing a seriously fine job of it) a few blocks away at Fountainhead. River Valley Kitchens, a mainstay of the Chicago farmer's market scene, will be taking over the space to create River Valley Kitchens and Market.

Lincoln Square Patch reported that, like City Provisions, the new restaurant will be both a retail space and a café and they'll be serving Sunday brunch. They also hope to avoid one of the major pitfalls that resulted in City Provisions' closing—the high price of local, sustainable food.

But where City Provisions failed, River Valley hopes to stay in the neighborhood by offering more affordably-priced food. At Lollapalooza this summer, most of their offerings were in the $5 to $6 range. 'We're growing things and processing them, making ready-to-eat food from the things we grow,' Rose said. 'We're looking to make more of a year-round business out of what we're doing in the city.'

The business should be open by November.