Sip, the popular neighborhood cafe chain with cafes in Crown Place, Highland and Cedar Lake, will test a more compact structure at its latest location in Munster.
A minor sip will open at the Hammond Clinic on Avenue Calumet in Munster, just south of the Borman Highway and the Hammond border. The counter cafe will accommodate the sick, doctors, and anyone looking to grab a coffee on their commute.
“It’s as soon as you walk in,” said Sip owner Rhonda Bloch. “It’s really just there for the good. We usually have a large area, so it will be difficult to make a smaller size room. I’m interested in what it will be in the business items. There won’t be much wastage with the stock.
The Munster Sip will provide a full menu of espresso and espresso drinks, as well as juices and smoothies. Individuals will be equipped to get lattes, smoothies, iced espressos, and piping hot tea. The food menu will be limited to take-out items such as bagels, croissants, donuts and fruit salads.
Block had been eyeing the location for a while and recently put together an offer when the location became available.
“Sick people, doctors, nurses, so many men and women go through it in the morning,” she said. “I see them walking by with Dunkin’s, Starbucks and McDonalds cups and I know many would prefer the cafe nearby if they had access to it.”
This might appeal to commuters heading to Chicago.
“We hope so,” she said. “It can be incredibly accessible. You can just park and run into the doorway and see us ideal there.
It will replace an espresso shop that closed at the Hammond Clinic.
“He was just serving drip espresso,” she said. “They weren’t really into espresso, which would make it hard to do a neighborhood espresso shop well. As well as the COVID strike.