The next location of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine (5212 N. Clark St., no phone yet) is now in the works. This one makes five, and it will be the big cheese.
“It's the largest project we have ever done,” says Greg O’Neill, one of the two owners and founders. “Square-footage-wise, you could probably put all of our other places into this.” The Andersonville space, formerly Urban Orchard, will combine a bistro and retail space into 3,800 square feet. The spot is scheduled to open in late summer, so expect August or September at the earliest.
The newest Pastoral will expand its curated selection of cheeses, charcuterie, beer, wine, and spirits. “We always felt there was more to bring to the customer but haven’t had the space,” says Ken Miller, the other owner/founder. They also plan to offer the sandwiches and salads popular at the Lake Street location, and some other “experiential” things, O’Neill says. They probably mean things like cooking demonstrations and classes, but we’re hoping for rappelling.