The shuttered former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue is now scheduled to become a Starbucks.

Evanston city officials say  Revision Group, LLC, which purchased the property from KFC earlier this month for $525,000, expects to remodel the property over the next few months with opening of the new Starbucks scheduled for this fall.

City officials say the new use will boost the city’s continued efforts to bring high quality retail and services to the Dempster/Dodge area.

The application to convert the property was approved today by the City of Evanston’s Planning and Zoning Division.

The project still requires a special use permit, which ultimately requires City Council approval.

But it’s likely to receive a more favorable reception that a previous proposal for the property — for a Chicago hotdog stand called Felony Franks — that was withdrawn after neighbors complained about the name.

Revision Group, LLC, the property’s developer, completed a similar conversion of a KFC restaurant into a Starbucks café in Naperville in 2012.

The KFC at 1901 Dempster St. on the day after it closed in 2011.

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Dempster-Dodge KFC closes suddenly (Aug. 31, 2011)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. So when the city officials

    So when the city officials say it's a new way to bring high-quality businesses to the Dempster/Dodge area, why do they seem to be dragging their heels on finding a quality supermarket to replace Dominick's? Investors were quick to put in a Whole Foods at the former Dominick's location on Green Bay and Isabella. Maybe there is something I'm missing, but it seems an utter disappointment that city officials aren't moving faster–unlike the higher income area of north Evanston and the other northern suburbs that the Green Bay Whole Foods will serve. Starbucks are a dime a dozen. Put a grocery store in the Evanston Plaza along with a couple of higher quality shops in the vacant spaces and then, hopefully, neighbors will feel like the city actually cares about them.

    1. Too much credit … and too much blame

      This is interesting. City officials — perhaps having claimed too much credit for one development in which a private seller found a private buyer after two years for a vacant property — now get blamed for not finding a private tenant for a different vacant private property in a couple of months.

      Reader — I think you imagine the city has a lot more power to influence the private real estate market than it actually does.

      — Bill

    2. Great news

      I think this is great news and a good sign. Love it or hate it, Starbucks is a potential lure to tenants in the Dodge & Dempster plaza. 

  2. Why not Jewel-Osco?

    I know they only occupied a handful of the vacant Dominick's stores, but I believe the city should try to lure Jewel-Osco to the vacant site at Dempster-Dodge. I'm sure it's a long shot, but it's at least worth a try.

    1. Store at Howard CTA

      A Jewel or other large store [not Whole Food] to replace the Dominicks at the Howard El seems a no brainer.

      From what I know and Rogers Park residents tell me, you have to go to far west Howard or south of Devon for a large store. Beside south Evanston and Rogers Park residents, CTA riders heading for mid or north Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette would really like that location filled.

      Is there something about crime or ?? that prevents companies to open there ?

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