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Crain's Chicago Business reports that "Au Cheval founder Brendan Sodikoff is partnering with Dom’s Kitchen & Market, the grocery store from industry veteran Bob Mariano.

"Sodikoff, who also founded Doughnut Vault and other brands under restaurant group Hogsalt Hospitality … Sodikoff plans to 'draw on the portfolio of concepts' from Hogsalt."

The story says that he "will oversee Dom’s culinary operations as the store expands … Dom’s plans to open 15 stores by 2025. Sodikoff will oversee the food offerings, store design and menu development."

Crain's goers on to note that Dom's is " the brainchild of grocery veterans Mariano, who founded the namesake grocery chain; Jay Owen, the great-grandson of the founder of now-defunct Dominick’s; and Don Fitzgerald, a former senior executive at Dominick's.

"The venture has attracted funding from big-name investors, including firms launched by former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and former Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson. That will help fuel its growth up to 15 stores, an increase from its original goal of 10 in the next five years."

KC's View:

The crazy, radical bias here is for food stores that actually act like food stores.

I'm excited for Dom's and, as a fan of Au Cheval, am looking forward to seeing what Sodikoff, in this case quite literally, brings to the table.