It’s getting close to time for the new Colectivo Coffee shop to open in Evanston. The new signs went up on the on the former Radio Shack store at 716 Church St. Wednesday.

It was almost a year ago when the Milwaukee-based chain first sought city approval to set up shop at the busy corner, and the gut rehab of the space got underway in July.

Colectivo has been advertising jobs in the shop at $12 to $15 an hour and held “instant interviews” for would-be workers late last week.

The current goal is to have the shop open by the middle of this month.

Make your own Diwali cookies

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is next week. And Evanston’s Spoonfoolery Bakery is holding a cookie painting class Sunday ito help you get ready to celebrate.

You can find details and register online.

New name and owners for Mexican dining spot

817 University Place, in a 2011 image from Google Maps.

Owners of TuKo Cantina appeared before Evanston’s Liquor Control Board Wednesday seeking a Class D license for the former Las Palmas site at 817 University Place.

Managing partner Le’Qoinne Rice and the other owners are also in the midst of converting a Wicker Park restaurant at 1938 W. Division to the TuKo Cantina theme.

That location is set to open next month. No date announced yet for the Evanston spot. Both are billed as having a modern Mexican-American menu.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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