Café de Leche at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50 was a welcome arrival for Highland Park residents yearning for a neighborhood coffeehouse. Matt Schodorf, the owner of Café de Leche, now plans to satisfy what he said is a neighborhood need for freshly made sandwiches and salads by opening Schodorf’s Luncheonette. The sandwich shop is scheduled to open up next week down the street from Café de Leche at 5051 York Blvd., joining the boutiques, galleries and bars that have sprouted amid the auto parts stores and Mexican restaurants.
Schodorf’s Luncheonette, which fills the space left empty by Oasis Sandwiches, will feature a simple menu of freshly made sandwiches, salads and house made spreads and dressing. The business bears the same name as the diner Schodorf’s grandfather operated in Willard, Ohio. The interior of the York Boulevard sandwich shop features walls and ceilings painted turquoise blue, exposed brick and a lunch counter and benches made partly from wood salvaged from a garage owned by developer Steve Jones. Said Schodorf by email:
“We wanted to open Schodorf’s mainly because we found ourselves craving fresh salads and sandwiches quite often, and got tired of driving out of the neighborhood to get them. It was pretty much the same motivation we had for the coffee shop, and so we thought maybe our friends and neighbors may share our cravings on the lunch front as well.”