Brewer Coffee and Custard 79th Street Corridor TIF

The story of Brewer Coffee and Custard began with a family recipe. Owner Elijah Brewer III started experimenting with his mother's custard recipe at home and had a dream of one day owning his own custard shop. 

He comes by his love of custard and entrepreneurial spirit naturally, as both his parents were business owners. In fact, they owned the property where Brewer Coffee and Custard now operates on 79th street in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

After inheriting the property, Brewer saw the new business as a way to honor his parents as entrepreneurs. He used the SBIF grant for an interior build-out, creating customer space and a kitchen, as well as exterior improvements.

In addition to serving delicious frozen custard, sandwiches and espresso beverages, Brewer Coffee and Custard seeks to be a place for members of the community to congregate, converse and appreciate each other.

"The Small Business Improvement Fund was a godsend. These resources provide an opportunity in our community to redevelop the area and support new and existing businesses." - Elijah Brewer III, owner of Brewer Coffee and Custard


The big unveiling of their new strawberry custard will be featured at the 14th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival on September 7th and 8th!