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.
We will be suspending dinner for a while as we get our new market up and running. It's coming along! Come join us while we soak in all the glory of Kitchen Mouse in the evening on this final night. Thank you to all who have supported us. We ❤️you. Our new hours are 8-4 Monday thru Friday and 7-4 Weekends.
“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.
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.