The City of Evanston has lined up a potential tenant for the restaurant kitchen at the new Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center at 1823 Church St. — just ahead of Saturday’s scheduled dedication of the building that formerly housed the privately-owned Boocoo Cultural Center.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a plan to lease the restaurant kitchen and storage area to First Slice Pie Cafe, which has three locations on Chicago’s north side.
The small chain, owned by Mary Ellen Diaz, combines offering soups, salads and other lunch offerings at its cafes with selling whole pies to go.
It also offers a subscription program that provides ready-to-heat-at-home prepared meals and includes a donation component that provides meals to the needy.
The kitchen and storage space at the cultural center totals 383 square feet. At a rental rate of $25 per square foot, the total annual rent to the city under the lease would be $9,575.
First Slice would also have non-exclusive access to common areas in the center including the indoor cafe seating area and outdoor patio.
The cafe is expected to have about eight employees, with at least two of them to be Evanston residents.
Saturday’s dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Scheduled speakers include Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and aldermen Peter Braithwaite and Delores Holmes.
The event will feature music and free refreshments and free parking will be available in the lot across the street.