Readers’ taste buds played a prominent role in determining the top business stories of the year on Evanston Now.
Here’s a rundown of the top five food-related stories.
April 23 — A shrinking supply of a critical product component is rippling across the globe, with implications here in Evanston. The shortage involves the tapioca starch balls known as boba, a key ingredient in boba tea, otherwise known as bubble tea.
Aug. 23 — The shuttered Starbucks at 528 Dempster St. is expected to reopen soon as a locally-owned coffee shop called Evanston Pour. The owner says new venue will be like a European “all day café.”
April 23 — It was a place where you could get rye toast, wheat toast, and even French toast. But now the Golden Olympic is toast itself. But a couple blocks away on Davis Street, Clarke’s Off Campus reopened this week after closing twice due to statewide COVID-19 regulations.
Prairie Joe’s, a fixture in the Central Street business district for 30 years, will shut its doors towards the end of October. Owner says he needs more family time.
You’ll soon be able to get a cup of great coffee in a new shop on Dempster Street. But please, don’t call the new Dempster Street business, Comfort Desserts Reimagined, a coffee shop.
Food didn’t push all other business news off the table.
The two most-read contenders in that space:
Aug. 23 — Evanston-based NorthShore University HealthSystem reportedly is in merger talks with Naperville-based Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Without a doubt, it is a modern-day version of David vs. Goliath. Bookends and Beginnings, a small independent bookstore in Evanston, has filed a lawsuit against sales and delivery behemoth Amazon.