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To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, @Loves Local is partnering with La Borra Café’s Oak Park location, serving up your choice of a free 16oz beverage or pastry. Join us at this neighborhood favorite on Thursday, September 15 from 9-11 a.m. at 1100 Lake Street as we begin the month-long cultural celebration!
Established in Mexico in 2012, La Borra Café has since grown to include over 70 stores in its native country. But even better, their extensive menu of Mexican-sourced artisanal coffee blends can be enjoyed at six Chicagoland locations. They are also well-known for their authentic sweet pastries and savory tortas.
We talked to franchise owner Dine Unlu to hear more about the La Borra Café story:
@properties Christie’s International Real Estate: How was La Borra Café created?
La Borra Café: Our CEO, Leon Reffreger was working on his thesis for his master’s degree and ended up creating an international coffee shop business. He named the shops after a book titled “La Borra del Café,” and the rest is history.
@properties Christie’s International Real Estate: What is your favorite treat at your La Borra location?
La Borra Café: I really enjoy our new chicken quesadilla, it’s so good and filling! According to Unlu, La Borra Café is committed to providing the best food and drink experience around – and it is even available for pick up by ordering online or via their app.
@properties Christie’s International Real Estate: What is your favorite part of owning La Borra Café?
La Borra Café: Meeting new people! Getting their day started and inspiring them through our customer service and specialized menu is important.
La Borra Café made its Oak Park debut in July 2021. Each location is specifically designed to reflect the surrounding neighborhood while functioning as a social gathering place or remote workspace. The company currently has locations in Berwyn, Naperville, Chicago, and Texas and plans to open more spots in California.
Visit La Borra Café on Thursday, September 15 from 9-11 a.m. to get a free 16oz beverage or pastry of your choice on the @tab (paid for by @properties Christie’s International Real Estate and ProperRate). 1100 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
*Limit one beverage or pastry of your choice per person.
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