The closing of a popular restaurant on Chicago’s Gold Coag comes sooner than expected.
Tavern on Rush originally revealed in August that it would cease operations on January 1, 2023 after serving diners for 25 years. The stock house said the closing stemmed from the expiration of its lease at 1031 N. Rush St.
U letter to team members announced Thursday, restaurant owner Phil Stefani said a verbal agreement had been reached with the building’s landlord to extend the lease past the Oct. 31 deadline. But “due to the contract,” Stefani said the restaurant’s doors are now closing on Oct. 26.
“We are disappointed to have to advance our closing date,” the letter said. “We tried to extend it, but we couldn’t.”
The letter also thanked the restaurant’s employees and customers for an “extraordinary run.”
The restaurant said it would cancel reservations made for November and December.
“For now, we are humbled by your dedication to this very special place,” the letter continued. “We will keep you posted on further developments.”
According to a 2020 article Eater ChicagoTavern on Rush is one of the top-grossing restaurants, not only in Chicago, but nationally – at $12.8 million.