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Eater Chicago reports that Starbucks will open a new Princi Bakery there, the second one it has opened in the US; the first was opened in Seattle this past summer, and a third is slated to open in New York this fall.

The Princi Bakery format in the US is the result of a deal with Milan-based baker Rocco Princi, who operates bakeries in his hometown, as well as in places like London and Shanghai.

According to Eater, “Princi will offer table service in addition to the normal Starbucks experiences. It’ll also have wine and beer at Bar Mixato.”
KC's View:
Think of this as a stalking horse for when Starbucks opens a giant Roastery in the old Crate & Barrel space on Michigan Avenue. But I’m still interested to see how this all develops.