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Nicholas Young

Perspectives on family, disability, technology, and media.


Co-created in 2013 by Joshua Wentz and Nicholas Young, Dispatch touches almost every aspect of the modern artist’s career. Wentz, a label-owner and musician, brings a unique perspective from Chicago’s underground.

Dolce Casa Cafe

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Like ours, most communities will embrace a new eatery. And yet, so many new ventures, but especially restaurants, fail. Not a day passes where your hosts walk down the street and notice bare storefronts that once housed thriving businesses. In a matter of months, ideas and projects that once excited the creator can grow, fall prey to difficult circumstances, and wither away.

It’s a bitter taste of realism for dreamers, who eventually learn to see their project in the harsh light of day. Thankfully, there is a marked difference between the successes and failures: knowledge, tenacity, and agility all play roles in the dance. By absorbing, then harnessing these skills, talented entrepreneurs are able to expand and support their businesses for years to come.

Ross Outten is one such person. His restaurant, Dolce Casa Cafe, is a favorite of your hosts. If you walk by at any time of day, you’ll see residents enjoying a tasty cup of locally roasted coffee, or indulging with one of Ross’ mouthwatering dishes. Stepping inside Dolce Casa, you’ll experience a world of flavors that have been crafted by the Chef, designed to both delight the senses and satisfy your hunger. It’s a world apart from other eateries on our block, and definitely worth a visit when you’re in Chicago.

On this episode, Joshua and Nicholas are joined in-studio by Ross, who discusses the real-world implications of managing a successful restaurant.