Saturday, August 21, 2010

Quench: Fresh Family Foods will open Aug. 26th

I was on my way to the 6th Ward picnic last month when I took this picture of this storefront near 95th & King Drive. Thanks to this brief from the Sun-Times I know a little bit more:
Quentin Love, creator of the "no beef, no pork" Quench chain of restaurants, will open Fresh Family Foods, a boutique-style grocery store, on Aug. 26 at 336 E. 95th St. in Chicago. The grocery, across from Chicago State University, will sell fresh produce and freshly prepared hot meals, and will include a juice and coffee bar, according to a press release. Love and co-owner Dianna Wiley are teaming on the concept with healthy food advocate LaDonna Redmond.
If this is a success they can hopefully move into some of the former grocery store location in the community such as the former Food Basket on 87th & King Drive.

Also I chronicled this storefront on at least two occasions. The last occasion I see that the store was named Fresh Family Foods when it opened in that very storefront over two years ago. I wonder if the original owners came to some type of agreement with Quench.


  1. I hope all goes well. This is an inspiration for communities throughout the country. Keep rising and shining. Spreading quality food is an example we can follow.

  2. Quintin is a young man I am particularly proud of. Starting on 75th St. with Quinch, he began to work with partners to both expand his concept and support theirs. he then started a youth organization that ran programs for about 4 years. He was one of the Urban League 'incubator businessmen' and yes he did work out an agreement with the previous owners. So, I hope that everyone will patronize this business and give some of our money to businesses that re-invest in, live in, hire people from and are rebuilding OUR business districts one store at a time. By shopping with them you become a part of the solution.


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