Bow Truss Coffee Roasters will be taking the former Bel-Port Liquors location, which closed in late September. Construction on the new coffee shop should take about 6 months when we reached out to them earlier in the year, and they are still looking for a tenant for the Southport side where the FoxTrot rendering is.
As you have heard, Bow Truss Coffee is coming to Southport and Belmont in the space currently occupied by Bel-Port Liquors. Joe, long-time owner of Bel-Port was rumored to move to an adjacent space but according to him, rent is too high and he will not be relocating. Make sure to say hi to Joe and Sashi before he closes up shop for good, most likely by early to mid-July.
We reported last month that the building housing Bel-Port Liquors at Belmont and Southport was being sold, and Bel-Port would be vacating. The building has now been sold and Eater Chicago is reporting that Bow Truss Coffee Roasters will be taking over the space. We reached out to them on a time-frame, and they are looking to open within the next 6 months (and they are still looking for a tenant for the Southport side where the FoxTrot rendering is).
This classic building needs some love, and by the rendering below, it looks like it will now get some!
Update on April 25, 2016: Bel-Port Liquors may be staying according to DNA Info Chicago.
The building on the corner of Southport and Belmont that houses Bel-Port Liquors is currently for sale, and once a buyer comes through, the liquor store will be closing. Across the street, the building that once housed Flat-Top Grill, Burger Boss and Dojo Chicago is mostly vacant, so this area of Southport and Belmont could look quite different within a short period of time.
From the real-estate listing:
“The first floor is occupied by Bel-Port Liquors, which currently operates under a month-to-month lease and will vacate at the time of sale. Half of the first floor and the entire second floor is currently vacant, which was previously used as storage space. A new owner can take advantage of this opportunity by gut rehabbing the existing building, into a luxurious mixed-use; retail and apartment building. Each floor has one in-place bathroom and one room with plumbing in-place for a second bathroom.
The immediate area is populated with restaurants and bars, and many national retailers. The property’s proximity to major thoroughfares and public transportation make it an ideal spot. This is a perfect value-add opportunity to a new investor.”
The price is listed at $1,250,000 and is approx. 5100 square feet. You can see the listing here.