A few weeks back, I was invited to check out the latest Mariano’s store in Lakeview East. I’ve always been a huge Mariano’s fan and usually frequent the store on Chicago Ave in UK Village. However, the newest (38th location!) in Lakeview at 3030 N. Broadway has been a long time coming for the neighborhood and it’s definitely something special.
I remember driving by the area years ago, after a massive fire destroyed what used to be Dominick’s in 2005. A good friend of mine lived nearby and was always concerned that after the fire, the city would never rebuild and replace the grocery store. It’s exciting to see what years of hard work can do and after attending the opening, I know I’ll definitely be back to support the neighborhood. Take a look at some of my favorite photos from the grand opening celebration:
This new Mariano’s has a number of exciting things unique to their store. Two of the most intriguing for me: pasta and nutella bars! You can grab fresh pasta to take home for dinner at Lakeview Urban Pasta Bar or sit down for a quick lunch. Watch fresh nutella crepes be made in front of your eyes at the Nutella Bar and then dig in because nutella solves everything.
I’m also looking forward to venturing back and checking out their wine bar, Todd’s BBQ, sushi bar & burger bar. Isn’t it amazing that a grocery store can have all of these incredible offerings!? That’s how I enjoy my grocery shopping experience, that’s for sure.
Also, we need to talk about the flowers. I’ve been a Mariano’s flower addict for a long, long time. I can’t tell you guys enough how long my flowers from Mariano’s last. They’re reasonable, fresh, unique and I’ve had bouquets (see below!) that have looked just as beautiful 2 weeks after purchasing. #flowergoals…
After we finished checking out the grand opening celebration, they sent us off with bouquets of flowers (!!) that we were able to customize ourselves. Talk about one heck of a party favor – it was truly a very sweet touch that I think any Mariano’s customer would love and appreciate. Those roses, though…
Overall, we had a great evening kicking off this newest Mariano’s and I’m very much looking forward to going back and eating my way through all the delicious offerings. If you live in the Lakeview neighborhood, I’m sure this store is a welcome addition and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly suggest swinging by and checking out everything the store has to offer.