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Soul food restaurant, coffee shop coming to Village at Sandhill | Business

A new soul food restaurant that doubles as a coffee shop will soon be opening in the Village at Sandhill.

Esther’s Soul Food + Kitchen will host it’s soft opening Aug. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. and a grand opening celebration will take place during the week of Aug. 16 through 21.

Restaurant co-owner Richard Conklin, embarked on the venture to open Esther’s Soul Food + Kitchen during the pandemic.

“This last year forced me to step outside my comfort zone to dream and be bigger,” Conklin said. “I am excited to offer my grandmother’s soulful dishes in a

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Soul Vegetarian, the Influential Chicago Vegan Restaurant, Reinvents Itself

As more Chicagoans recognize the restaurants along 75th Street in Chatham, the strip’s anchor took a chance to debut a new look, attitude, and name after 40 years. Soul Vegetarian was one of the city’s first vegan restaurants and decades ahead of its time. But after four decades of being a pioneer it was time for a reset, to trot out new menu items and to remodel. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was among the luminaries attending the unveiling of the new Soul Veg City on Juneteenth.

That strip of 75th Street, just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, also calls restaurants

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