Patel Brothers grocery is #17 on this year’s Saveur 100, an annual list of “favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things” compiled by the food and travel magazine’s editors.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Patel Brothers flagship store, opened in 1974 on Devon Avenue, is getting a face-lift. What started out as a single family-owned grocery store has expanded into a food empire with 34 Patel Brothers stores in 18 states, and a brand that is carried in some Chicago locations of Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Jewel.
Shoppers will still be able to get those 20-lb bags of chickpea flour and the other traditional staples. Once the makeover is complete, they should also have access to the store’s new features, “a takeout area with prepared entrees and breads, a wider variety of frozen and ready-to-eat items and a pickle bar — much like the olive bar you’d find at Whole Foods.” A cooking demo counter will offer daily samples.