• Humble beginnings

About a year ago Kevin Ashtari’s little Lakeview coffee shop, Asado Coffee Company, abruptly shut down right around the holidays. Rumors flew for a bit, but by early February, Asado—and Ashtari—were back up and running. “I realized this is my true calling and I had to get back to it,” he told Mike Sula at the time.

Now Ashtari’s business partner, Jeff Liberman, announces that Asado is expanding, with a location at Paulina and Chicago—right by Hoosier Mama Pie Shop—slated to open by March, and a Loop location in the works for 2014. They’ll continue roasting in the Irving Park shop for the immediate future, he says, and will stick to their MO, specializing in made-to-order manual-drip coffee.