Philz Coffee, a San Francisco-based coffee shop chain, plans to open its second Chicago-area location at 1030 Davis St. in Evanston next year.
Plans up for review Wednesday by the city's Design and Project Review Committee call for the shop to occupy roughly the front third of the 6,000-square-foot former Studiomedia building on the southeast corner of Davis and Oak Avenue.
A diagram of the planned coffee shop layout.
Building owner Marty Cless says the new business will have about 30 total employees with between four and 10 on duty at different times.
The chain plans to be open seven days a week, typically from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Philz Coffee sells coffee, tea and specialty drinks like hot chocolate as well as a limited food menu of pastries, bagels and toast with spreads as well as pre-made food items from third party providers.
The Studiomedia building in 2015.
It makes drinks to order and uses local bakeries for its food items.
The chain offers a mobile app that lets customers order beverages ahead of time to be ready when they arrive, but it does not have a delivery service.
The company, which now has about 50 locations in California and the Washington, D.C., area is in the midst of a venture-capital-based expansion and plans to open its first Chicago-area shop in Wicker Park.