Kitchen Mouse Italian-inspired Market in the Works

After taking Highland Park by storm, Kitchen Mouse takes over the space next door for a new market.

In one of those bad news/good news posts, Kitchen Mouse recently announced on Instagram that they’re suspending dinner service – bad news. But – now for the good news – the reason is something we can all get excited for.

Kitchen Mouse owner Erica Daking and her sister, Jennifer Daking, are working on opening up a market next door in the old Slow Culture gallery space.

Kitchen Mouse market is under construction.
Kitchen Mouse market is under construction.

 

“The original idea behind making this was that we needed a whole ‘nother refrigerator and freezer, and we’re just so cramped in the kitchen next door,” says Erica. “So then we were like ‘We gotta do something cute up front!’ So that’s how the market came to be.”

Their new market will not be selling any items from their current menu. Instead, Erica and Jennifer say it will be an Italian-inspired deli and market featuring provisions, gifts, and a lot of Kitchen Mouse to go items including pre-made dinners, sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. It will also carry sauces, oils, and other items.

Kitchen Mouse has become the go-to spot for healthy eats since opening in May 2014. Their health-focused menu has attracted vegans and non-vegans alike from Highland Park and beyond. With true vegan and gluten-free menu items along with a few non-vegan dishes, the vegan-friendly café caters to a broad spectrum without compromising on flavor. Thanks to its popularity, Kitchen Mouse is bursting at the seams and has been planning their expansion since last year.

After almost year of paying rent on the space next door, Erica and Jennifer are finally seeing the market come together.

“Now we’re getting to the fun part where we’re doing finishes and putting in the lighting and painting,” says Erica.

Preparing tiles (Steffi Victorioso)
Preparing tiles (Steffi Victorioso)
Jennifer Daking showing us their handmade mosaic tile (Steffi Victorioso)
Jennifer Daking showing us her handmade mosaic tiles (Steffi Victorioso)
Tile has gone up on the walls in the market space. (Steffi Victorioso)
Tile has gone up on the walls in the market space. (Steffi Victorioso)

Originally slated for a Valentine’s Day opening, they now say they’ll open “when it’s done.” Between waiting on a liquor license for the café (hopefully by summer) and working on the market next door, they’ve got enough to concentrate on. Until then, we’re eagerly anticipating the market, beer and wine at the café, and the return of dinner service.

Kitchen Mouse’s new hours are Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., Saturday and Sunday 7 P.M. to 4 P.M.

Steffi Victorioso
Steffi Victorioso
Creative Writer at Happening In Highland Park

She’s a world traveler, culinary adventurer, and MMA enthusiast. Never one to back down, she doesn’t let a lactose intolerance get in the way of her love for pizza, milkshakes, or ice cream.

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