The Caribou Coffee at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street closed Sunday, April 14. (Graham Johnston/Staff)

Oak Park residents will be sipping gourmet and Greek coffee, raw juices and smoothies this spring when Fresko, a Greek yogurt and raw juice bar, opens at the prominent corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street.

Chicago resident Gus Karamanis, owner of Fresko, said in a telephone interview that the bar is expected to open this spring.

“We’ve been working on this for a couple of years, and we thought Oak Park would be the ideal location,” he said.

He said Fresko also will offer pastries, Greek olive oil, honey and a variety of dried nuts. Yogurt served at the juice bar will be unlike typical dessert-type yogurt, but will include vegetables and can be eaten as a meal.

“Our authentic Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics and calcium, imperative to a health digestive system,” Karamanis said in a news release. “You can enjoy it combined with a unique selection of specialty toppings such as olive oil, honey, mixed nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables.”

The 1,100-square-foot juice bar has been vacant since Caribou Coffee closed shop at 136 N. Oak Park Ave. in April 2013.

Commercial real estate broker David King said in a telephone interview that there was high interest in the location, but added, “We wanted to find the right tenant that is going to fit the building and the neighborhood and the village.”

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