Within SPACE 519 is The Lunchroom, a 40-seat lunch and brunch restaurant, with an all-day café, serving local favorite, Metric coffee, along with house made sweet scones, gourmet savory muffins, and pastries from Chicago bakery, pHlour. The Lunchroom menu features locally-sourced ingredients and focuses on vegetable forward, California style cuisine. The Lunchroom represents the final piece which brings a fully integrated European style concept store and restaurant to Chicago.
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Wetzel, a Chicagoland native, has more than 30 years of hands-on retail sales experience and merchandising experience. This ranges from specialty to department stores; for brands from Gap to Gucci. Lawson, a native of Denver, Colorado, is an attorney. In New York, he worked with brands such as American Express and theWalt Disney Company.The pair are also domestic partners. From 2004-2010, they conceptualized and ran Jake, a group of designer specialty stores in Chicago, with annual revenue topping 6 million dollars. Since the Spring of 2010, the duo have successfully run SPACE 519.SPACE 519 opened in 2010 as the first fully integrated, European-style, concept store in Chicago. For over seven years, owners Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel have traveled the globe to assure that SPACE 519 continues to serve as the 'go-to' destination for savvy clients who appreciate fresh takes on the everyday.