Atlanta Restaurant Closings on Eater Atlanta. “Due to the current Illinois restrictions on bars and restaurants, we have made the hard decision to temporarily close our doors for the next few weeks,” the post reads. Little Italy: Francesca’s On Taylor, another Italian spot from the owner behind Davanti, is also permanently closed and has been removed from the company’s website. Also in the hotel, Boka’s Swift & Son Tavern is temporarily closed. “This was not an easy or light decision but one that we have decided is best for us as a small business,” ownership writes. An ongoing archive of the year’s losses . The restaurant’s opening came with much fanfare in 2017, as Hollywood celebrities frequented the West Coast location, and Chicago’s star chasers hoped to see that translate in the Midwest. Owner Percy Billings, 78, first opened on 87th Street at the Dan Ryan Expressway in 1992. Wine Bar in suburban Lombard — because of the coronavirus-related dine-in closures, according to social media posts from May 4. Lincoln Park: Ambitious Latin American restaurant Mundano from chef Ross Henke (Quiote) is permanently closed. There’s also an emotional toil, as owners shared how deaths in the family affected their psyche. Owners then relaunched with a new menu in August under the a steakhouse banner and leaned into indoor service until the state halted dining room operations on October 30. Liakopoulos says he wishes Pritzker put more pressure on the federal government and Sen. Dick Durbin to get more aid for workers. During the pandemic shutdown, Bar Biscay’s owners pivoted toward retail offerings and carryout meals, dubbing the space “Bodega Biscay,” and offering delivery grocery items including dairy products, produce, rice, pasta, and alcohol. River North: Famed deep-dish pizza chain Gino’s East and first-floor brewpub Gino’s Brewing Co. are permanently closed in the former LaSalle Power Co., an employee confirmed on the phone. Portland’s cheese scene is about to get smaller, as lauded cheesemonger Steve Jones sent a newsletter on Thursday announcing the closure of his Mt. Carroll and Sindelar denied these claims at the time. West Loop: Globally-influenced new American restaurant Eden will permanently close after dinner service Saturday, according to rep. “While we recently reopened our doors to an immensely positive response, the larger economic impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for us to sustain operations,” the announcement reads. “It is hard to believe in a time like this that a small restaurant like ours would not only be denied the support and assistance we needed to survive, but also be met with such gross injustice on such a massive scale from the systems we trusted to defend and protect us,” the post reads. Avondale: Ludlow Liquors, the cocktail bar with a spacious patio from Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue (Sportsman’s Club, Estereo) in the former Orbit Room, is temporarily closed. The restaurant’s online ordering portals are down, and its owners have started to post old photos on Facebook from when the restaurant opened in 2012. Antonios’ of Nashville: The Bellevue go-to for Italian has sold everything via an online auction. The chainlet had closed several coffee shops around the area the past two years, but had … Reps have not yet responded to a request for more information. Ownership closed in September, just eight months after its February debut. At the time, it was the only starred brewpub in the world. Lakeview: “For lease” signs hang in the window of Indian restaurant Khyber Pass’ Halsted Street spot, and its website now only lists an Oak Park location. River North: Longtime French favorite Kiki’s Bistro is listed as permanently closed on OpenTable and has disconnected its phone number. Log In. Wells Street first opened in 2018, a part of Chicago’s food hall boom ushered in by Revival Food Hall in the Loop. The chain still operates a suburban Western Springs restaurant, as well as a California location. Owners say they’ll continue to sell alcohol to go while thinning inventory. Ownership has ignored repeated inquiries made to confirm the closure. All three remaining restaurants are currently open, and the group recently began offering food at Montrose Harbor’s Chicago Corinthians Yacht Club. It was hard enough when the playing field was supposedly level, now it is tilted beyond recognition.” The combination restaurant and retail spot first opened in 2014. The restaurant’s original Little Village location remains open. The official Instagram page has not been updated since July. Ownership continues to operate another Mexican restaurant, Fernando’s, in Lakeview. “The wonderful people we have met and memories we have made will stay with us for the years to come.”. Outdoor seating helped keep the business viable through the summer and early fall, but ownership told reporters that takeout alone isn’t enough to get through the winter. J.B. Pritzker for the closure. Husband-and-wife team Gianfranco “Franco” and Maria Gamberale purchased the restaurant after closing their first establishment, Gianfranco, in 1986. From the the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! It was featured on Chicago PBS show Check Please! River North: All-day brunch spot Hutch American Cafe, a spinoff of Hutch American Bistro near Wrigley Field, is closed after four years, according to an Instagram post. It has been grand.” Reservations are strongly encouraged for those who want to dine at the restaurant again before it closes. Let’s take better care of each other, of our planet, of ourselves. The downtown restaurant reopened after six months of repairs in March, and won’t be affected by the closure in Rosemont. Hogsalt took over the bar in 2014, brought in a cocktail menu and made minor changes to the former speakeasy, which has history dating back to 1937. It also explains that the pandemic had a significant impact on sales to the point that the business was no longer sustainable. Tabor spot, Cheese Bar.The cheese and beer shop will remain open through the end of the year, and in January will host a going-out-of-business sale. Bucktown: Vienna Beef closed its factory store and cafe on Sunday after nearly 50 years at the corner of Damen and Fullerton. Fulton Market: Casual all-day spot City Mouse at the Ace Hotel Chicago from chef Jason Vincent (Giant) is permanently closed. “In addition to helping to keep our guests and team safe, this temporary closure is necessary to be sure we can welcome you back when things get better,” the post reads. Lincoln Park: Vietnamese restaurant Simply It closed on April 30 after 14 years as a community anchor, Block Club Chicago reported. We’re so f*cked. West Loop: New Orleans-style lounge the Front Room is for sale, according to a Facebook post from March 9. River North: Bottled Blonde, the infamous late-night restaurant and bar that battled the city over issues including security, sanitation, and noise — and drew national ire for a controversial dress code that many described as a racist attempt to exclude Black men from the venue — is permanently closed after five years of turmoil. Streeterville/Lombard: Chicago-based 4 Star Restaurant Group has permanently closed two of its venues — the Windsor in Streeterville and D.O.C. The cafe’s friendly, creative vibe fostered a following of loyal fans — including a substantial number of acclaimed Chicago chefs — who sipped wine and dined on foie gras, Chicago-style lobster rolls, calf brains, one of the city’s best burgers, and more. Ukrainian Village: Family owned taqueria Border Taco closed earlier this week. Uptown: Uptown Arcade has left its storefront home after four years at 4830 N. Broadway, but ownership hopes to reopen in a news space after the pandemic ends, according to Block Club. “We want to thank all our guests and especially our regulars who have supported us for the last 20 years,” the post reads. Parent company Ruth’s Hospitality Group was roundly criticized for accepting two separate $10 million Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans in the spring, especially after the federal government announced that it had run out of the $349 billion set aside to support small businesses during the pandemic. Kim’s thoughtful and eclectic menu drew connections between Korean and Italian cuisine, resulting in Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition and a James Beard Best New Restaurant nomination in 2019. The specialty pizzeria, which sells pizza al taglio, closed its Wicker Park location in April, says Rick Tasman, who’s in charge of Bonci’s American operations. Avondale: Twenty-five-year-old institution Belmont Snack Shop is closed after a fire erupted inside the restaurant on October 8. We would like to thank everyone who supported us over the years. He told the Trib that he tried to work with his landlords, but after they raised his rent by more than 40 percent and wanted him to sign a five-year lease, he reluctantly closed the restaurant. “In an effort to hopefully rise again when the pandemic wanes, we will be hitting the pause button on our operations,” the post reads. Owner Terese McDonald told reporters that business had dropped by half during the pandemic, and she could not come to an agreement with her landlord over rent reduction: large signs hung in the Clark Street store’s windows read “lost our lease.” The brand’s flagship location on Southport Avenue in Lakeview remains open. Lincoln Square: Family-owned hot dog, burger, and cheese fries business Chubby Weiners is permanently closed after 15 years, according to a July 2 Facebook post. The Tribune first reported this closure. Records show that the restaurant owes about $1.3 million to Bancorp Bank and many other small companies and vendors, as well as $100,000 in rent and taxes. Though Poilevey originally thought he’d be able to keep the restaurant open, a broken air conditioner and the $80,000 bill it incurred spelled the end of the line, he told the Tribune. Damage to the building was severe but no one was injured. Bucktown: Lauded chef Mindy Segal told Eater Chicago on April 29 that she’d permanently closed her popular restaurant Mindy’s Hot Chocolate after 15 years. The tiny, semi-hidden, mostly counter … The restaurant first opened in 2018. Still, the company was struggling even before the pandemic: Old Country Buffet was already facing a sales decline of 3.3 percent in February, the Trib reports. Logan Square: Glitzy gambling-themed restaurant and bar the Whale is closed indefinitely, according to a Facebook post. Sindelar and Carroll were accused of not having control of their workplace in allowing such behavior to take place. The judge writes that L.A. County “could be expected to consider the economic cost of closing 30,000 restaurants, the impact to restaurant owners … A South Loop location remains open. Old Town: New England-style restaurant Two Lights Seafood & Oyster will not reopen, ownership wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. West Loop: Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant Elske will take an “extended winter break” starting October 18, with plans to reopen in early 2021. He’s partnered with Noah Sandoval, owner of Michelin-starred Oriole and Kumiko/Kikko. After 10 years, Lecosho — the tucked-away Harbor Steps spot with a meaty menu and popular happy hour pre-pandemic — is going to shut its doors permanently at the end of December. Supporters have raised more than $4,000 for the family on GoFundMe. Ownership writes that they feel confident in their decision to only offer carryout over the summer to help keep customers and workers safe, but the business is suffering financially as a result. River North: Midwestern comfort food restaurant and tavern Farmhouse is permanently closed after nearly a decade in business, ownership announced in a Facebook post Monday. South Loop: Longtime burger and fast food spot Standing Room Only (SRO) Chicago is closed after 14 years, according to neighborhood blog Sloopin. Lakeview: Neighborhood spot Emerald City Coffee has permanently closed its cafe under the Sheridan Red Line stop due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ownership writes in an Instagram post. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Boystown: Little Jim’s Tavern, the oldest gay bar in Boystown and second-oldest in all of Chicago, served its last drink on July 2, Block Club Chicago reported. Filed under: Coronavirus; Hibernation for a Trio of Boka Restaurants Are Among 16 Closures The Loop: Michelin-starred fine dining destination Everest will close following New Year’s Eve service after more than 30 years, according to the Tribune. “See you April 1st!”. Log In. The Loop: Downtown Polish spot Pierogi Heaven has disconnected the phone number for its Wells Street location and is listed as “closed” on Yelp. Rogers Park: Twisted Tapas, the globally-focused spot from a co-owner of the shuttered Twist tapas cafe in Lakeview, will permanently close on Sunday, September 27, according to a Facebook post. Former executive chef Soo Ahn (Grace, EL ideas) left Band of Bohemia in May, claiming that Carroll and Sindelar asked him and other staff to help reopen the restaurant for free while simultaneously collecting unemployment. Owner Leonel Rodriguez detailed the decision in a social media post, writing that the combination of the pandemic and a difficult financial position ultimately made it impossible to reopen. River North: Famed national chain Ruth’s Chris Steak House has temporarily closed its Dearborn Street location, according to a sign in restaurant’s window. The California-based company also had shops in Washington. The Lakeview restaurant first opened in 2015, and offered live entertainment on weekends. Facebook. The chain’s suburban Mount Prospect location is still open. West Loop: Bad Hunter, the acclaimed vegetable-friendly restaurant downtown restaurant from Heisler Hospitality, will not reopen, according to its owners. Arlington Heights: Iconic suburban bake shop Arlington Cake Box Bakery is permanently closed after 71 years, according to the Daily Herald. Hotel management points to the pandemic as the reason behind the closure — downtown employees, like those at a Google office across the street from City Mouse — are working from home now, and aren’t buying lunch. “We hope this is temporary, as we look forward to many more anniversaries to celebrate with you!”. It is unclear whether or not the closure is related to COVID-19. The Wrights put the restaurant, along with upstairs performance venue Mary’s Attic and shuttered brewpub Andersonville Brewing Co., up for sale in August 2019. “However, due to a loss of business caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, we can no longer justify continuing operations at this time.” It first opened in December 2015. Neighbors raised nearly $26,000 to help support the business, helping owners Tom and Geri Foley from going into personal debut and allowing them to pay for a month’s rent and a week of work for their 16 staffers. There was also a special sushi counter. Lincoln Park: Devil Dawgs will permanently close its original location at 2147 N. Sheffield Avenue on Sunday after a decade in the area near DePaul University, according to a rep. The ambitious restaurant and brewery opened to great fanfare in 2015, as the co-founders met met while working at world-famous Lincoln Park restaurant Alinea. The group-friendly spot originated in suburban Schaumburg, and operated a location in Boca Raton, Florida that closed in 2011. Chatham: Harold’s Chicken Shack #55 — the franchise location considered by many to be the best Harold’s in Chicago (the same spot made famous by Chance the Rapper) — permanently closed on July 31, the Tribune reported. The restaurant first opened in 2019. Casual sister restaurant Phat Phat in suburban Schaumburg will remain open. South Loop: Friendly neighborhood bar Wabash Tap is permanently closed after nearly two decades with “for lease” signs in the window at 1233 S. Wabash Avenue. Where to Eat and Drink in Old Town Alexandria This historic area is well worth exploring, even for takeout Lincoln Square: Taco in a Bag, where competitive eaters churned out creative nachos that were great as a guilty snack or as a food which provided life after too many double whiskies and Cokes without ice, has closed. This leaves a vacancy at a pricey piece of River North real estate next to the House of Blues and in the shadows of the iconic Marina City Towers. Though the announcement doesn’t specify a reopening date or time frame, ownership reassures fans that “we can’t imagine Wicker Park without our little luncheonette and will be back as soon as we can safely offer up our cozy, 41-seat, diner to you again.” The restaurant is owned by One Off Hospitality, which has closed both Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant Blackbird and French bistro Cafe Cancale in June due to the pandemic. Former partners including Nike, Intelligentsia Coffee, Bang Bang Pies, and Cash Drop all severed ties with owners and brothers Juan “Juany” and José Riesco. Uptown: Raucous late-night bar Nick’s Uptown is permanently closed, according to an employee. “In light of recent events, we have come to the difficult decision of closing our doors as Pitchfork Food and Saloon.” It first opened in 2009. “. South Loop: Chinese-inspired Cajun restaurant Asian Cajun PLUS is permanently closed and has vacated its former State Street space. Adrienne Lo and James Beard Award-winner Abe Conlon also operated a neighboring bakery and a cocktail bar, and last year debuted a stall inside Fulton Market’s Time Out Market Chicago. The Loop: South Side coffee shop Bridgeport Coffee Company will not reopen its Jackson Boulevard outpost in the Loop, according to a June 12 news release. She described the area as the worst place for any small business to invest and succeed due to lack of support, presumably from local officials. Fountainhead Market, the retail side of the business that features wine, beer, spirits, snacks, and more for carryout and delivery, will remain open indefinitely. The closure is not a result of the coronavirus, Joho tells the Trib; the restaurant’s lease is up, and building management doesn’t want to renew. There’s no word on its other locations. Beloved by many in and outside the hospitality industry, the pioneering restaurant helmed by decorated chef Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality Group) featured contemporary American cuisine with French influences in an upscale yet modern space. By Naomi Waxman and Ashok Selvam November 23 Lincoln Square/Ravenswood: Pioneering North Side gastropub Fountainhead is scheduled to permanently close on November 14 after more than a decade. The restaurant first opened in 2015. In a Facebook post, ownership pointed to the “devastating economic situation caused by COVID-19.” The business also has locations in Lincoln Park and in Chicago’s French Market. South Loop: South Coast Sushi, an outpost of the popular Bucktown sushi spot, is permanently closed after 13 years, ownership wrote on the restaurant’s website. It first opened in March 2019. After 12 yrs in business @tantrumchicago has closed its doors. Former Eater critic Bill Addison named Dove’s as one of the best new restaurants in America when it opened in 2015. It first opened in 2016. It first opened in 2013, and was designed to make diners feel as if they had been whisked away on a trip to Rome or Capri, according to its website. Between Illinois and North Carolina, the Mia Francesca chain operates seventeen locations. It opened in October 2018 at the CTA’s Western Blue Line Station. “The economics of the location were simply unsustainable going forward, due to circumstances beyond our or anyone’s control...” the release reads. Additional locations at 65 E. Wacker Place and in suburban Rosemont remains open for carryout and delivery. Together with our community, we will always strive to create less harm and better in the world.” Chen does not detail a reopening timeframe. Thanks to all of the Outstanding Bar Backs. “Space for Lease” signs are visible in the window at 610 S. 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