We are a family-run cafe offering a welcoming, comfortable shop with free Wifi, lounge seating, a children’s play area, and ample free parking. We can also cater your event at your location.
In its 10 daily froyo selections, YoFresh offers 86 yogurt flavors that rotate seasonally. Our yogurts are kosher and full of immune-boosting probiotics; they include non-fat, gluten-free, dairy-free, and no sugar added options – healthier alternatives to traditional calorie-laden desserts. In addition to yogurt, we also serve coffee, smoothies, pastries, made-to-order sandwiches, mac n’ cheese, pizza, and hot dogs.
Meet Larry and Jean:
Dr. Larry Murphy is a professor emeritus at the Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, and Dr. Jean Murphy was a professor of education at Chicago State and an adjunct professor at National Louis University and at the Erikson Institute, both in Chicago. Though they both dedicated their professional careers to higher education, Larry had, from early in life, an entrepreneurial spark inside, and Jean had gifts for management. After stepping down from teaching, the Murphys realized they were not yet ready to retire fully. Instead, they chose to open YoFresh Cafe, where they hoped to contribute to the Evanston community by providing an inviting communal space full of delicious, healthy food options.
YoFresh Café follows all the CDC guidelines for customer and staff safety, including the requirement of masks and gloves for all staff; masks and the wearing of our disposable gloves for all customers entering the café; limiting the number of persons in the cafe at one time; the posting of social distancing markers and the revision of traffic flow patterns in the café so that customers do not pass by one another; the regular cleaning and sanitizing of all customer contact surfaces, both in the café and in our al alfresco dining area; the curtailment of indoor dining and the use of restrooms; the provision for curbside pick of food ordered online or by phone.
YoFresh joined in the expressions of gratitude extended to our heroic pandemic healthcare workers by delivering weekly complimentary cups of frozen yogurt to frontline COVID staff at the Amita St. Francis and the Evanston Northshore Hospitals late Spring through the Summer, 2020.
About Our Ties to the Community
As a small business in the Evanston community, we have a sense of responsibility to be an institution that cares for and ensures the well-being of the community, beyond any economic considerations.
Our Initiatives for Community Gatherings
We have been proud to provide a space for the YWCA to hold it’s monthly “Let’s Talk About Race” roundtable discussions, for PTA committee meetings, for elective candidate forums, for the Evanston “First Night” planning group, and other such organizational meetings. We have hosted youth musical recitals, multi-media arts and craft shows; giftware shows; and art exhibits of significant local artists.
Each week, YoFresh donates cups of frozen yogurt to the students and staff of the Rice Educational Center, a program of School District 65 for socially/emotionally challenged students.
We have contributed to the efforts of C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor and Jennifer’s Edibles Restaurant to deliver free meals and grocery provisions to senior citizens.
YoFresh has co-sponsored multiple fundraising events for local public schools and charitable organizations. We continue to do so and we welcome such opportunities to lend our support.
YoFresh supports the Books and Breakfast program here in Evanston, geared toward low-income school children in the District 202 schools. We invite the young readers to come to YoFresh and present to our staff either an oral discussion or a written review of a book they have read, in exchange for which they will receive a free frozen yogurt cone.
YoFresh has provided subsidized refreshments in support of the programs of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), The Evanston Historical Society, Reba Place Fellowship, the City of Evanston/Northwestern University Community Picnic, the Rotary Club, the Park School, the Puerta Abierto Preschool, Fusion Academy, Chiaravalle Montessori School, among other community organizations.
YoFresh contributes space in our café, at no charge, for a mini-bookstore for Young, Black, and Lit Books. This local not for profit sells the books to pay for other books they obtain at deep discounts from publishers, which they then give away to students in the public schools as a support for literacy and intellectual/cultural enrichment. YoFresh takes no profit or commission on these sales.
For the last several election cycles, YoFresh has provided subsidized breakfast and lunch refreshments and meals for the men and women who put in the grueling but essential service as election precinct workers.
YoFresh holds active membership in the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
Spontaneous Acts of Kindness
Through this program, we invite customers to post on our board a brief description of some act of unexpected kindness which they have done for someone else. In return, the person posting receives a free froyo cone.
Early in June, 2020, YoFresh hosted a “pop-up” event promoting the Juneteenth Holiday and the Black Lives Matter Movement. We were pleased by the enthusiastic, cross-racial response that turned out on that day.
During September, 2020, YoFresh hosted pop-up voter registration events. This is consistent with the proprietors’, Jean and Larry Murphy, standing as deputized Cook County voter registrars.
We invite other community-supporting pop-up activities to be hosted here, when relief from the COVID crisis again makes group gatherings safe.