Bibliophile, a combination bookstore, gastropub and boozy bakery, is opening in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in early September, Eater Chicago reported. While details on the selection of books were scarce, Bibliophile will have a full bar, a restaurant with fare like shrimp and grits, and "boozy desserts, like a lemon pound cake with limoncello drizzle."
Bibliophile is owned by Brennan Nichols and Michael Scott Carter. Carter is also the owner of Fabiana's Bakery, which opened in 2015 and is located down the street. According to Eater, if Bibliophile takes off, the co-owners plan to open "as many as 16 similar bars across the country and Canada," with Toronto as a likely first stop. Carter explained that they would adjust the Bibliophile name and concept to suit each new location.
"Lots of people like to have a cocktail and read a nice novel just to relax," noted Nichols.