According to a personal email from Intelligentsia CEO Doug Zell received this morning, Intelligentsia has decided to compromise on the weekday evening hours of its Randolph Street store and remain open, beginning next Monday, until 8 p.m. for the benefit of its growing residential customer base. Hurray!
Nothing good lasts forever, especially the downtown-resident friendly evening hours of the Randolph Street Intelligentsia coffee bar. Earlier today, I praised Intelligentsia for meeting the needs not just of midday office workers and tourists but downtown residents as well. Now they’ve gone and cut back their hours–specifically, the evening hours that would benefit local residents.
Even though Chicago’s own city council voted to better protect downtown residents from nuisance noise, local blog Chicagoist thinks it’s cool to continue to make fun of long-suffering downtowners. So I wrote to Chicagoist publisher Jake Dobkin to tell him why it isn’t.