Aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a special use permit for a project that will bring together two Chicago businesses under one Evanston roof.

The Dollop Coffee Co. and Hoosier Mama Pie Co. plan to open at 749 Chicago Ave. in the new AMLI Residential building.

Dollop, owned by Dan Weiss, has three coffee shops on Chicago’s north side and Hoosier Mama, owned by Paula Haney and her husband, Craig Alan Siegelin, has one location in the city.

They’ve worked together before. Haney’s pies are sold at Dollop and Siegelin built the counter for Dollp’s first shop.

Top: A plan submitted to the city for the new shop’s layout. Above: The new coffee and pie shop will also have outdoor seating on the private plaza at the corner of Chicago and Kedzie in the AMLI development.

In the application to the city, Weiss said the shop will be “a fast-paced cafe by morning, a busy work environment for cafe-goers by day, and a relaxed dinner/dessert environment by evening.”

He says it will feature sweet and savory pies, high-end coffee, cheeses, and craft bottled beer and wine.

Haney’s pies have gotten rave reviews, including from Rick Kogan of the Tribune, and plans for the new Evanston location’s special use permit have won endorsement from the city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Exciting News!

    This is very exciting, not just for Evanstonians, but for people living in surrounding areas who will gladly come to Evanston to eat or take home some pie from Hoosier Mama, an icon among pie bakers.  Not familiar with Dollop, but I love Metropolis coffee. Glad to live in South Evanston! 

    Did they get the special use permit?

    1. Pie permit

      Special use permit for the pie place was introduced on the consent agenda at Monday's City Council meeting. Barring the totally unforeseen, it will be given final approval at the June 24 council meeting.

      — Bill

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