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More restaurants do double duty with addition of bakeries, markets, cafes

More restaurants do double duty with addition of bakeries, markets, cafes

Sit-down restaurants want more of the stand-up crowd.

Restaurants in Chicago are adding bakeries, cafes and markets to fill in the gaps between breakfast, lunch and dinner. The markets, which offer grab-and-go items like gourmet sandwiches, salads and baked goods, are usually housed near (or even in) the restaurant. The stand-up venues aim to tap into a fast-growing segment of the dining industry that is serving up higher-end convenience foods that can be eaten on the go or taken back home or to the office.

One of the newest examples in the city is Ema in River North, operated by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. The Mediterranean restaurant opened in late June to dine-in...

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