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Old 09-24-2020, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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It was announced today (Sept 21) that Lawry's, The Prime Rib will be closing on Dec. 31 after 46 years of operation in Chicago.

This restaurant was a staple in the Chicago dining scene. l can remember dining there with my parents in the 1970s.

Lawry's CEO, Ryan Wilson, stated that the decision to close its Chicago restaurant was due to its expiring lease, coupled with revenue losses due to the corona virus. This location was Lawry's first expansion outside of the West Coast.

Mr. Wilson added that Lawry's would like to return to the Chicago market in the future.
Had my post-prom dinner here with 3 couples.....in 1989
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Old 09-24-2020, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Any restaurant looking for ideas on how to survive with an outdoor patio in cooler months needs to look at Gather.

We just ate there this week. The patio has a roof overhead with ample heat lamps hanging from above. And it's surrounded by a wall on all sides, but still open to the outside. It feels like you are inside, but you can see the openings and it felt very Covid conscious. I'd bet they'd be good until Thanksgiving out there. Maybe Christmas. Jan-March will be TOUGH.
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:56 PM
 
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Any restaurant looking for ideas on how to survive with an outdoor patio in cooler months needs to look at Gather.

We just ate there this week. The patio has a roof overhead with ample heat lamps hanging from above. And it's surrounded by a wall on all sides, but still open to the outside. It feels like you are inside, but you can see the openings and it felt very Covid conscious. I'd bet they'd be good until Thanksgiving out there. Maybe Christmas. Jan-March will be TOUGH.
This is the right idea. Something to block the wind and rain/snow with a gap between walls and ceiling. We also need to encourage Chicagoans to bundle up and wear winter gear when going out for dinner/drinks. Restaurants would be smart to switch to more appetizers, shareables and finger style foods with drinks so people come out thinking they're gonna stay for a drink and some apps but end up staying for much longer once they realize they're warm and having fun. Table tops or standup table areas. Pack in these places with people too. Restaurants need income.
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Old 09-27-2020, 02:23 AM
 
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Chicago Restaurant Closings as of September 22nd:

http://https://www.theinfatuation.co...urant-closings
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Old 09-27-2020, 09:11 AM
 
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Watched NBC local morning news today and they estimated that 90% of the live music venues in Chicago will close by end of the year without help. It's so sad what we're doing to these businesses and workers.
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Old 10-02-2020, 07:26 PM
 
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Schoolyard announced it's closing due to Covid-19. Southport Four Corners neighborhood bar that was always packed and I went to all the time when I was younger.

I was also just up in Wrigelyville to watch game 2 of Cubs / Marlins and it was pretty depressing how slow Wrigleyville was. It's time to open everything up. Enough is enough.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/10...e-to-covid-19/
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Old 02-14-2021, 10:19 PM
 
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thai lotus bodywork is still open,aint they?
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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syeed abir, I sure hope they are open. You seem very concerned.

Give them a call!
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Old 02-25-2021, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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Speaking on the note of closing places, Max's Take Out in the Loop(on Adams St) ended up closing for good. If not for me hearing about its closing a little too late(they closed after Friday, February 19, and I only heard belatedly about their closing on the 23rd), I would've definitely eaten there one last time! VERY sad, as that was one of my favorite places to eat in the Loop. So much better, than McDonald's or any of the other chain places nearby.

I'm not sure if Max's sustained a lot of looting damage(from what occurred in May and June, hopefully Max's wasn't hit as badly as other downtown businesses, and I still don't know on a side note why they tried to loot Central Camera), or if the downturn in people still working in the Loop(due to a lot of companies shifting to doing work from home for their workers) was too much for Max's to handle. Though one facebook post on their official page says they did serve free meals to those who were cleaning up the Loop after all the May and June looting damage, so maybe they weren't affected as badly? Either way, it's very sad to hear they closed for good.
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:21 AM
 
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Not the case all the time, but when I dig a bit at the stories behind why this or that closed, in a lot of cases there were problems before COVID. Case in point, Links Taproom in Wicker Park, whose owners have said will reopen in another spot when the time is right. This is where I would send visitors, tourists etc. who want a taste of Chicago and local craft beer without hopping around a bunch of tied houses. They had to shut down for a bit a couple years ago over some maintenance issue, and this was a convenient time to bow out from there.

One Mexican restaurant at Belmont/Karlov kept inconsistent and spotty hours and service, and to me had the optics of a front. Meanwhile, all the others in the area are still going, and that space isn't vacant for long as it's being renovated now for Moonwalker Cafe. Whose owners I happened to meet while shooting snow photos in the neighborhood a couple weeks ago.

Every spring brings renewal, we might say.
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