Those of you who know Mr. C&S know that he's the kind of guy who asks for cheese for his birthday - that's right, *cheese* - so you can only imagine the twitter he went into upon seeing a new banner across an empty storefront at Oak Lawn and Lemmon this past Saturday. It proclaimed the imminent arrival of our very own neighborhood artisan cheese shop, and I couldn't get to the computer fast enough to find out more about it.
Scardello Artisan Cheese, slated to open in mid-October, is Rich Rogers' baby. An email I received from Rich today illustrated just how passionate he is about cheese, family and the new store:
"Scardello is an artisan cheese shop focused on handcrafted cheese and tasty accompaniments. We plan to have a large selection ... from Texas and the US as well as European cheeses. Everything will be available to taste and cut to order.
The shop is named after my grandfather, Pete Scardello, who taught me a love for great food and sharing with friends and family. Growing up in a small Texas town, cooking was not something a lot of men did. My grandfather was the exception.
After spending 15 years in video production telling the stories of our clients, I now get to focus that storytelling energy on all of the fantastic cheese we will carry and the artisans who make them."
Rich sounds like an awesome guy, and we can't wait for Scardello's grand opening!
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Coming soon to 3511 Oak Lawn Avenue