Native Foods Café tests Express unit in Chicago

Native Foods Café tests Express unit in Chicago

Brand eyes smaller, nontraditional locations

Native Foods Café debuted Monday its first Express unit to test the possible rollout of a quicker version of the fast-casual, meat-free brand.

The Chicago-based chain converted an existing location in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, which already did a brisk lunch business, said Native Foods Café CEO Craig Grimes.

“We realized, being in some high-business districts, that there was a big demand for quicker service than our standard five to seven minutes,&

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