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Tavern on Rush in Gold Coast closing is doors after 25 years tonight

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s the final name for Tavern on Rush.

The steakhouse and bar at 1031 N. Rush St. in the Gold Coast – in style with Chicagoans and vacationers alike – closed for good Wednesday night time after almost 25 years, and greater than two months sooner than initially deliberate.

As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported Wednesday, Tavern on Rush is not closing as a result of business is not good – they’ve saved going by means of all of the ups and downs of the previous couple years. The purpose they’re closing is as a result of the house owners of the constructing wish to put a brand new restaurant idea in the space.

Owner Phil Stefani and his household paused Wednesday night time to thank diners for his or her assist.

“The success of this restaurant happens to be because of all of you here tonight,” he mentioned.

The authentic plan was for the steakhouse to exit with a bang on New Year’s Eve, however Stefani mentioned in a letter posted on the restaurant’s web site that plans had modified, citing contractual issues past their management.

It all began earlier this year when the constructing’s landlord determined to not renew the lease for the steakhouse, however the proprietor mentioned an settlement would have allowed them to remain open previous the Halloween expiration date of the administration contract. But finally, that is not what occurred – resulting in this earlier-than-expected closure.

“Seeing the energy that’s here just makes you feel good,” mentioned Angela Magenta of Chicago.

Tavern on Rush has energized the Gold Coast since April 1998. Thousands have walked by means of the doors – together with celebrities like George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, and Matt Damon.

But it is individuals like Susan Bennett – a real common who has been coming to Tavern on Rush along with her household because the very starting – who’re the restaurant’s bread and butter

“My husband and I come probably about once a week,” Bennett mentioned. “We love the servers. We love the service. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people.”

Wednesday marked Bennett’s third journey this week – and her final. Molina requested Bennett about her response when she came upon Tavern on Rush was closing.

“I was devastated,” Bennett mentioned. “I even got calls from my family – to check on us! Like, what would we ever do without Tavern on Rush?”

Bennett is joined by so many others.

“It’s sad it’s going away,” mentioned Stephanie Kaufman of Chicago.

Kaufman mentioned she’ll miss the Stoli Dolis – pineapple-infused vodka cocktails.

Many longtime common patrons felt compelled to make the journey over to Gold Coast for one final scan of the menu – and one final seat at their desk.

“We’ve been coming here for 20 years, and we’ve always sat at that table inside – we sat on the corner,” mentioned John Dusek of Chicago. “Had to get here today – one last time.”

To many, after all, Tavern on Rush was greater than only a restaurant on the nook of Rush Street and Bellevue Place – a strip that served because the nerve middle of Chicago nightlife again in the 60s and 70s and has been a middle of luxurious buying and upscale eating in newer a long time.

“My grandpa’s been coming here since it’s been open in the beginning,” mentioned Giovanna Quagliato of Chicago.

The nook of Rush and Bellevue has modified quite a bit since 1998 – when a Chicago Tribune article by J. Linn Allen nonetheless known as Rush Street “the fabled haunt of college kids and businessmen looking for drink and dangerous liaisons” whereas documenting new luxurious residential developments on the time.

But for all of the almost 1 / 4 of a century since then, Tavern was a spot for Chicago to come back collectively and rejoice life.

“A lot of memories here,” Dusek mentioned. “Lot of memories here.”

“It’s going to be sorely missed,” mentioned Magenta.

“I’m sorry that you missed it,” Bennett instructed Molina, “because it’s a great place.”

Molina checked in with the landlords Fred Barbara and James Banks, who – once more – we’re instructed are placing a brand new restaurant idea in the constructing. A secretary in Barbara’s office mentioned the landlords had no remark – but.

Tavern on Rush employees can be paid by means of the tip of the year – the purpose till which that they had thought they’d be open. Molina is instructed a lot of them are transferring over to different close by eating places. 


Last name for Tavern on Rush after almost 25 years

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On Wednesday night time, Stefani additionally hinted at reopening Tavern at a brand new location.

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