Brodo - Italian for "broth" - is the name of a fast-casual, soup-centric cafe coming to the former Naked Chocolate space in the United Plaza Building (31 S. 18th St.).
Entrepreneur Matt Capetola, an engineer with a master's in finance, is looking at this location to become the flagship of a chain. He's aided and abetted by his father, Bob, a retired pharmaceutical exec and home cook.
Each day, 10 soups from a list of 100 will be offered. The rest of the menu - which will feature salads and sandwiches and panini - is built for speed. It will be open from morning till late night. Ticket average will be sub-$10, they say.
Architect Andrew Blanda of Sandvold Blanda is working to embue a rustic look to the balconied space, which is targeting late February or early March for debut.