The Rise of Lush Gourmet Popcorn
Local company started in 2014, popcorn sold in several places, now will open Lush Popcorn and Lemonade in Riverwest.
A former Riverwest tavern will soon be home to a new establishment, but this one would have a whimsical twist.
Lush Gourmet Popcorn and Lemonade, which blends elements of a bar, restaurant and store, is planned for 920 E. Locust St. and could open as soon as September, according to a recently-filed liquor license application.
Now, Taylor aims to expand to a second location.
The forthcoming business would offer boozy lemonade and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages plus an array of snacks. The license application notes that it expects 25% of revenue to come from alcohol sales, 65% from food and 10% from clothing and souvenirs.
A wide variety of snacks including chips, salsa, jelly beans, cheese, sausage, pickles/olives, chocolate and nuts will be served, plus burgers, fish, fries and ice cream.
As for drinks, the proposed menu lists several flavors of lemonade including Blackberry Basil and Green Apple Cider, which can be ordered virgin or spiked, along with water, soda, tea, seltzer and beer.
The building itself was built in 1906 and has been home to mostly taverns over the years. Taylor acquired the building for $575,000 in May.
At Lush Gourmet Popcorn and Lemonade, visitors can expect live music, DJs and dancing to accompany beverages and snacks. The establishment’s estimated capacity will be 140 guests.
Taylor did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.
Proposed hours would be Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar would be closed Sunday and Monday.