The Chicago Tribune reports that Dom's Kitchen & Market - supermarket industry icon Bob Mariano's latest entrepreneurial/gastronomical effort - will open its second store in the Windy City on November 1.
The store will open in the Old Town neighborhood, in a former Plum Market location. The original store opened in June 2021 in Lincoln Park.
According to the story, "Dom’s said the Old Town store will feature 'globally inspired, seasonally driven, and locally sourced' products, including bakery items from Eli’s Cheesecake and Stan’s Donuts and produce from Gotham Greens, a New York-based hydroponic grower that’s expanding its existing Pullman greenhouse facilities.
"Other offerings include a high-end wine library, an assortment of hundreds of cheeses and a wide range of premade meals, including Roman-style pizza, sushi, poke bowls, salads and made-to-order burgers and sandwiches. A coffee bar will serve brews from Hexe, Metropolis and La Colombe; a separated wine bar will host happy hour on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. New to the Old Town location will be chef-made hot foods like mac and cheese and Rhode Island-style shrimp and a custom store-made cake program."
“Dom’s continues to evolve based on our collective team efforts. We all work diligently to excite the hearts, minds, and palates of our loyal and new customers alike,” said Mariano, Dom’s co-CEO, in a statement. “Our work here is never done and we strive for excellence on a daily basis.”
The Tribune writes that Dom's plans to have 15 stores open by 2025, with "several" on track to open next year.
Mariano is the former president-CEO of Dominick's in Chicago. He left the company after it was acquired by Safeway in 1996, and became CEO of Roundy's in 2002. While there, he developed the upscale Mariano's Fresh Market format; he retired from Roundy's about six months after Kroger acquired the company.
Also involved in the new Dom's business are Jay Owen, a grandson of Dominick’s founder Dominick DiMatteo, and Don Fitzgerald, former senior executive with Dominick’s, Roundy’s and Mariano’s.