CHICAGO — A new food experience has opened in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
The brains behind Dom’s Kitchen and Market — located at the corner of Diversey and Halsted — is the guru of grocery, Bob Mariano.
“People want to eat and gather,” Mariano said. “They want a place to gather that centers around food.”
Dom’s is about one-third the size of a traditional grocery store, at more than nearly 18,000 square-foot. Mariano is clear — Dom’s is not that.
“We didn’t want someone to walk in and say ‘oh, what a nice grocery store,'” Mariano said. “So we met the first hurdle. So people are thinking of this in a very different way, and it’s going to be interesting over the course of time they shop here.”
The occasion fit for a mayor, Lori Lightfoot was at the opening of the new market Tuesday.
“What we have to demonstrate to businesses, and believe me I’m gonna pull Mr. Mariano aside today, is show them other opportunities in the city, in food desserts, where they can partner with local leaders to stand up other opportunities, on south and west side neighborhoods in particular,” Lightfoot said.
You won’t find a lot of staples at Dom’s Kitchen and Market — but more fresh and prepared foods. Mariano says that’s really the future of where grocery stores are going.