Having already established themselves with the original location on 47th St. in the Kenwood neighborhood, Tim and Sam of Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe will undoubtedly make a lot of students and faculty at the nearby University of Chicago happy with their second location, just opened in the old University Market space on 57th St. in Hyde Park.
The shop opened its doors — including the big, street-facing garage door — for the first time on Aug. 19, and if the proud grin on Tim’s face as he worked the gleaming new La Marzocco that’s the centerpiece of the fantastic front of house coffee square is any indication, the hard work of he and his dedicated crew over the past few months is already paying off.
When I visited on a sunny afternoon last week, folks sat on stools along the shop’s open air street side, sipping Metropolis and drinking in the atmosphere. It was kinda idyllic. As for the rest of the shop, it follows the considered example of the original Z&H — a neighborhood market featuring a range of local and regional fare, artisan cheeses, and, nestled in the back past the seating area, a full deli with both bulk offerings and those famous and tasty sandwiches.