After taking over Linz & Vail at 2012 Central St in Evanston, new owners John Kim and Isaac Bloom have changed the name to Backlot Coffee.

Backlot is a neighborhood name familiar to many in the Central Street community.

Both owners say they are inspired by the community space the name represents and wanted to honor the community by naming their cafe Backlot Coffee .

Backlot Coffee will continue to offer espresso beverages, artisan teas, gelato, locally made pastries and light snacks.

The new owners have partnered with Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a Portland, Oregon, specialty coffee company, Chicago based epicurean tea purveyor Rodrick Markus of Rare Tea Cellar and Evanston’s own Frio Gelato.

Stumptown is best known for their direct trade partnerships with coffee growers around the world.

John Kim and his family live in Evanston. In 2005, John and his brother Brian opened the Brothers K Coffeehouse on Main Street .

In 2009, John opened the Other Brother Coffeehouse in downtown Evanston, and has since sold the business to his long time friends.

In 2014, John partnered with Chef Brian Huston to open Boltwood on Davis Street downtown and has since left as managing partner to focus on this new project.

Isaac Bloom lives in Evanston and has joined forces with John to add to the already vibrant Central Street business district.

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  1. Appeal of coffee houses

    I fail to see the appeal. Yes they would be great if they were there for friends to sit around and talk—but merchants don't make money with customers doing that.

    For me one six oz. coffee A DAY is enough to make me wired—and can't see being able to keep drinking coffee even with food—and then the prices are not exactly like Dunkin's.

    1. It’s fine if you don’t get it

      It's fine if you don't get it. Plenty of us do, and we'll keep the best coffee houses in business. Backlot, however, has some work to do to bring their espresso drinks up to even the level of quality offered by Leonidas just down the street. 

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