Lincoln Square’s chic coffeehouse, Café Neo, 4655 N. Lincoln Ave., has a new owner, but she doesn’t have immediate plans to change very much.
“I’m evaluating for a couple of months,” said owner Mary Porter. “I like the atmosphere here…the food that’s served. I took off a few pastries, and I want to offer some healthy yogurts for lunch. I changed the music a bit.”
Although Porter purchased Café Neo in late April, she only started operating the shop in June.
Porter, a native of Massachusetts’ North Shore, spent more than 20 years working the corporate track. She moved to Chicago a year ago when her husband got a new job, but when her own employment search dragged on, “I figured I’d get my own job and my own business. I’m not a barista, but I love the coffee culture.”
She started looking for a coffee house for sale in Chicago. “People warned me that coffee was competitive in Chicago, but wow! It sure is here!” Despite the competition, Lincoln Square had a strong pull because, “I really love the neighborhood,” said Porter.