May 16, 2024 - Business

Duke of Perth, Spoon Thai, Red Lobster among restaurants closed this spring

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Red Lobster has considered filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and 87 locations abruptly closed their doors, including two in Illinois. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Chicago has seen many businesses shutter so far this year, as labor and other costs remain high and consumer habits change.

Why it matters: Many of these spots carry memories and meaning for our communities, while providing jobs.

Here are some of the closings announced in April and May:

The biggest impact: The sudden implosion of Foxtrot and Dom's. The two boutique grocers merged in 2023 but, just months later, closed all 17 stores in our area.

Nostalgia pick: The Scottish pub Duke of Perth had been a mainstay near Diversey and Clark for 35 years, serving up fish and chips and bangers and mash. It abruptly closed, but it isn't going out of business. The pub is moving around the corner into the old Renaldi's Pizza location on Broadway.

  • Also, Spoon Thai in Lincoln Square shuttered in April after the landlord allegedly didn't renew its lease. The popular Thai restaurant had been on Western Avenue since 2003.

No, not the cheddar biscuits! This week, Red Lobster announced more nationwide closings, including two in Illinois. The closest to Chicago is in Bloomingdale.

Other notable closings include En Hakkore in Bucktown, Casati's in Lincoln Park, Testaccio and Don Bucio's in Logan Square, Ørkenoy Brewery in Humboldt Park and Lunchbox in Edgewater, which had a fire in the kitchen the night before the scheduled opening. They vow to reopen.

Go deeper: Here is a list of all the closings in 2024

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