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Reposted from Loyola Phoenix

George and Prudence Faklaris opened Honeybear Cafe (7036 N. Clark St.) earlier this month hoping to become a new breakfast “staple” for Rogers Park residents.
The open floor plan boasts a number of tables and booths, with a coffee bar and open kitchen along the back wall. Behind the host stand is a wall of plants and a neon “Eat well. Live well” sign.
The cafe’s soft opening Feb. 3 went “better than expected” and they ran out of food because of the high demand, Faklaris said. Soft openings are trial runs for new restaurants that are often unannounced.
Faklaris’ husband, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, is friends with the owners of A&T Pancake House, who used to own the space, she said. Her husband attended Loyola with the son of the A&T owners, Faklaris said.
Despite being in California when the old A&T owners offered the space, Faklaris flew back to “dive right in.” She said the building needed “a lot of love” and they renovated everything. They officially took over the space from A&T Pancake House in November 2019.
bear yumThe bear statue at the entrance, which is the only remaining relic of the former inhabitant, is only a coincidence. The restaurant gets its name because Faklaris’ dad used to call her honeybear.
The restaurant specializes in breakfast and brunch items such as avocado toast, crepes and pancakes. Faklaris said they chose breakfast not only because they’ve previously owned breakfast restaurants, but also because it makes people feel good.
“Who doesn’t like breakfast?” she asked. “Breakfast makes people happy. We want the vibe of happiness.”
Faklaris said the early success is partly because of “mysteriousness” they cultivated around the store’s opening, by not advertising or officially announcing their open.
“We’ve not done any advertising … so we’ve been really mysterious and it’s working in our favor,” she said. “Rogers Park is such a tight-knit community that they are doing a great job sharing the news.”
Faklaris said she hopes Honeybear Cafe can become a long-term “staple” of Rogers Park and get involved with local events. She wants to connect with Loyola’s population and is offering a 20 percent discount to Loyola students.
Loyola senior Alexia Guzman is working as an intern with Honeybear Cafe, designing brand materials and managing the restaurant’s social media.
The advertising/public relations major said neighborhood Facebook groups have helped spread the word, even before the restaurant launched an official site, with half a dozen posts about the “delicious food.”
Once Guzman set up the cafe’s Facebook and Instagram early last week, she said the pages received more than 400 likes on the first day.
“It was more than we were expecting,” the 24-year-old said. “It really shows the importance of word-of-mouth marketing and fusing that with social media.”
Guzman originally heard about Honeybear Cafe through the Rogers Park Neighborhood News Facebook group, when she posted about looking for an internship with a local business.
She said it was important for her to partner with a local business because they play such an integral role in the neighborhood. She said she grew up on the South Side of Chicago and her family’s favorite shops and restaurants were locally owned.
“I’m honored to work with them especially because they have gained so much momentum,” she said. “It’s empowering that so many local businesses want to connect with students that want experience.”
Guzman said they plan to continue tapping into the online “buzz” about the cafe to improve their services and use the community as “brand ambassadors.”
“The digital world is so compact so the ability to hold onto that customer attention would be a big goal for us,” Guzman said.

"No More Things" Screening
Documentary Feature by local filmmaker
Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm
The New 400 Theater – 6746 N. Sheridan
Suggested Donation – $5

Shot on location in the western deserts of the U.S., “No More Things” sheds light on the phenomena of the shoetrees: trees alongside the road where people have strung shoes from their branches. According to the film’s synopsis, each pair tells a story, explaining the dynamic of love turning into hate and hate turning into love.

“No More Things is a documentary that takes the audience to a place where love and hate materialize, giving tangibility to the strongest existing emotions.”

German filmmaker (now a resident of Rogers Park) Tobias Bechtloff is the director of this feature-length documentary.

View the trailer here

UPDATE: Loyola Moves to Online Classes, Students Have 1 Week to Leave Residence Halls as COVID-19 Fear Grows

Loyola joins a growing list of colleges around the country to shutter face-to-face class and move to all online instruction and requiring all students living on-campus in residence halls to move out by March 19, an email from the office of the president said.

COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the number of cases around the world continues to grow. While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Loyola, the move to online classes and the closing of dorms was decided to help reduce spread, the email said. 

Though current online classes will continue, classes are canceled as of Friday as the all online formatting will be complete by no later than March 23, according to the email. Final exams will “be handled remotely according to the regularly scheduled exam period,” the email said. 

Students living on-campus in residence halls are being told to leave campus “as soon as possible and go home for the semester,” with residence halls closing at 5 p.m. March 19.

Exceptions will be handled on a case-to-case basis and include exceptions for international students, students whose homes are in areas significantly affected by COVID-19, students with no homes or unsafe homes and those with an internship or in-person requirement for graduation this May, another email sent by Loyola’s Department of Residence Life said. 

Loyola is also planning to refund a portion of the room and board costs for students, a separate email said.

Loyola’s Director of Communications Anna Rozenich didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on how the university will handle the transition. Deb Schmidt-Rogers, assistant vice president and director of residence life, also wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Those remaining on campus should expect to move to a different dorm and have limited access to dining halls and other services, the email said. 

All students studying abroad are being asked to return home and all international summer programs are suspended as well. 

Loyola sophomore Yuki Thit — a neuroscience major — said the decision came as a shock to her.

“I didn’t make any plans to move out this soon,” the 20-year-old said. “I was lucky enough my friend reserved a storage locker that I’m sharing.”

Thit, who is from Nebraska, said she’s worried about how her classes — such as chemistry labs or guitar class — will transfer online. 

Thit said she thinks it was the right call to switch to online classes but isn’t sure how effective it’ll be.

“I know some schools only switched to online for a few weeks, I don’t think [Loyola] should’ve done online for the rest of the semester,” Thit said. “But I think it’s better to be cautious.”

Other students, like first-year Gavin Schreier — who uses they/them pronouns — said going back home feels like losing their independence.

“I’ve had to take on responsibilities I’ve never had to worry about before and while it’s been a challenge I’ve loved it,” the 19-year-old political science major said. “Living in the dorms has really helped me socialize with everyone and having that get cut short isn’t fun.”

Schreier also said going home means giving up part of their identity.

“I also can’t really be out and proud when I’m living in my parent’s house,” they said. “I can’t be Gavin anymore.” 

Other Chicago-area schools, such as Northwestern UniversityDePaul University and the University of Chicago recently made similar announcements. Illinois currently has 25 cases of COVID-19, The Phoenix reported

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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