LAKE FOREST -Realizing a once shattered dream of passing a business from one generation to the next is a challenge about to be overcome by The Daily Grind owner Rick Harness.
Within a year of closing his butcher shop in Lake Bluff, Harness will reopen The Daily Grind in Lake Forest’s Market Square early next year with more food to offer his customers and hopes of a larger customer base for the business.
More important to Harness, a butcher by trade, he will once again be assisted by his daughter Carrie Harness when the new shop opens.
“It’s the dream of any family to pass it down to the next generation,” Rick Harness said. “I’m looking forward to working with my daughter and seeing her be able to do what I did. I’m glad it will be an opportunity for her.”
Already a food service professional as the sous chef at The Vine in Grayslake, Carrie Harness, 22, began working with her father at The Daily Grind when she was in eighth grade. She said she has missed working at her father’s side and is eager to do it again.
“I’m really looking forward to being there,” Carrie Harness said. “I’m going to do much more when it reopens that I did before. I hope to take it over when my dad retires if he ever retires.”
The new shop is located at 1 Market Square Court just beyond the walkway west of Williams Sonoma. Rick Harness sees the proximity to the food and kitchenware store as well as the overall location as a plus.
“Someone may buy a cookbook at (Williams Sonoma) around the corner, see a recipe and decide to come by and buy a strip steak,” Harness said. “All of those people mean a lot more foot traffic. Market Square is a destination.”
The Harness family is not alone in the joy The Daily Grind is returning to the area. Former customers such as Ellen Verlen of Lake Bluff, who donated to an online fundraising campaign to keep the store in Lake Bluff, thinks things will be better for the company in Lake Forest.
“I’m very excited,” Verlen said. “We’ve really missed him when we were grilling. It’s a really good place and will accommodate everyone from Lake Bluff and a lot of Lake Forest people will go there too.”
While there was disappointment over the lost Lake Bluff lease, Carrie Harness is now happy over turn of events.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” Carrie Harness said. “It was a bummer but now I see where we’re going and it’s great to be in Market Square.”
The new shop will also be bigger than the old one, with most of the meat cutting done in the back out of the customers’ sight, according to Rick Harness. The larger size will help him increase the menu and store’s appearance.
“All you will see is the retail portion,” Rick Harness said. “All the food production will be behind the scenes. There will be an expanded catering menu and some exotic meat and poultry. We’ll have more soup and sandwiches.”
Though Rick Harness has not made arrangements for all of the culinary additions, he said bison will be among them. He calls bison “truly America’s meat” and touts its nutritional and epicurean value. There will also be the signature sausages.
“Oh my gosh, he makes the most delicious chicken bratwurst,” Verlen said. “I can’t wait for his soups and stews.”