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CHICAGO (CBS) — A new coffee roasting house is coming to bustling Broadway in East Lakeview, according to a recent report.

Eater.com reports that entrepreneur Philip Tadros plans to open the new Bow & Truss Roasting House at 2934 N. Broadway, which until recently had housed the headquarters of Tadros’ digital design agency.

Tadros also mentions plans for Bow & Truss on his own Web site.

The roastery is set to open in about a month, and is awaiting delivery of a Probat coffee roaster, Eater reported. Tadros has also set up relationships with farmers in Central America as sources, the publication reported.

Once Bow & Truss is up and running, Tadros plans to open several coffee shops called P.O.C. around the city, Eater reported.

The five-storefront building where Bow & Truss is located has seen a considerable amount of turnover in recent years.

The future Bow & Truss space had been the Paradise Liquors store until a few years ago, when the store closed and was later replaced with Tadros’ Haystack Vintage resale and consignment shop. After Haystack Vintage closed, the space soon reopened as a street-level studio for Tadros’ Doejo digital agency.

In the same building, the only remaining business that has been open more than five years is Nancy’s Pizza at 2930 N. Broadway, a fixture in the area for decades.

At 2932 N. Broadway, the space now occupied by the Pho & I Vietnamese restaurant went through two incarnations as a crêpe restaurant – first called Café Bordeaux and later Crêpes on Broadway. As Café Bordeaux, the menu featured a curious item called the “special crêpe for gays, birthdays or love.”

A Japanese restaurant, Hiro’s Café, opened after Koryo Korean restaurant folded a few years ago at 2936 N. Broadway.

And at the south end of the building, the former Adult Fantasy space at 2928 N. Broadway remains vacant and shuttered. The old-fashioned adult bookstore with its private video-viewing booths had operated under various names since the 1970s, and was a lone throwback to a seedier era in the neighborhood until it closed last summer.

Meanwhile, about half a mile to the south, Tadros last week closed another of his coffeehouses, Noble Tree at 2444 N. Clark St., which had been housed in a striking three-story vintage brownstone just north of Fullerton Parkway. Tadros told Eater.com the City of Chicago was demanding major upgrades on the building, which dates from 1890.

The building needed a fire escape, major work was needed on a basement pipe, and new air conditioning units were needed. The landlord of the building planned to increase his rent as a result, and Tadros told Eater he decided to close the building.

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