Metropolis Coffee Company unanimously approved for second cafe in O’Hare International Airport, Chicago
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Metropolis Coffee Company– a Chicago headquartered, family-owned business that roasts, packs, and serves ethically-sourced craft coffee around the country – is pleased to announce that it has received unanimous approval by Chicago City Council to open a second location in O’Hare International Airport. In partnership with Fresh Creations and Midway Restaurant Development Ltd., both certified Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) businesses, Metropolis Coffee will be servicing Southwest and International Terminal passengers by Q4 of this year.
“Chicago is a coffee city, and we’re so proud to be opening our second location at O’Hare after more than 18 years in business. We can’t wait to invite travellers and visitors from all around the world to experience all the wonderful coffee and midwestern kindness Chicago is known for,” says Tony Dreyfuss, co-founder and President of Metropolis Coffee Company. “Our friendship and partnership with father-daughter duo Sulaiman and Farhana Rahim, is incredibly special. We’ve known each other and worked closely together for more than 10 years, and we really couldn’t imagine working with anyone else on something as vitally important as this.”
Metropolis’ has been partnered with Sulaiman Rahim, owner and managing partner at Midway Restaurant Development, Ltd., for ten years, however, as Sulaiman’s business grew, so did his daughter’s ambitions to one day operate her own ACDBE enterprise. Today, Farhana’s 15-year dedication to learning the family business paid off, as her independent venture as President of her company, Fresh Creations, has earned its first contract with Metropolis Coffee’s second location at O’Hare airport.
“To say that I’m proud of my daughter is an understatement, as she has dedicated her professional life to learning the ins-and-outs of this business and is now making it her own. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and be a part of,” says Sulaiman Rahim. “I couldn’t be happier for Farhana’s first contract as an independent business owner to be with Metropolis Coffee; both companies are in great hands.”
Midway Restaurant Development has several other local brands in its portfolio, including Goddess and Grocer, and Garrett’s Popcorn that serve travellers quality meals, drinks, and snacks at O’Hare.
“I’m honoured to work with Metropolis’ independent café as their certified ACDBE partner and look forward to working hand-in-hand with my father and Tony in the years to come,” says Farhana Rahim, president of Fresh Creations. “Our goal is to showcase Metropolis as the “gateway to Chicago coffee” to people from around the world, while also highlighting other local food and beverage brands along the way.”
Travelers through O’Hare who are unfamiliar with Metropolis Coffee Company, will be pleased to learn that it has been named “National Roaster of the Year” by Roast Magazine; “Back-to-Back Gold Medal Winner” of the Good Food Awards by the Good Food Foundation; one of the most “Essential Chicago Coffee Shops,” by EATER Chicago; and “One of the World’s Nine Finest Coffees,” by Saveur Magazine; making it the ideal “introductory taste” of Chicago’s coffee scene for global travellers.
Visitors to Metropolis Coffee’s second O’Hare location can anticipate classic and specialty coffees, as well as handcrafted drinks, seasonal offerings, and locally created bites from Chicagoland food partners such as Bennison’s Bakery, Sugar And Spice, Middle East Bakery, and Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery. Additionally, the independent cafe will offer online ordering through Toast, as well as Grab Technology, and At Your Gate – programs which allow travellers the option order their café items online and have them conveniently delivered to their respective gates.