CHICAGO (CBS) — The favored Michelin-star restaurant Blackbird introduced Monday that it’s going out of enterprise as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“After 22 years of serving Chicago, we’ve got made the very troublesome resolution to shut our doorways,” the restaurant’s operators mentioned on the website for the eatery, situated at 619 W. Randolph St. “Whereas our hearts are damaged to see Blackbird’s journey come to an finish, we’re humbled to have contributed in a small strategy to Chicago’s unimaginable restaurant neighborhood for over twenty years, serving as a spot of heat and hospitality whereas all alongside the way in which, constructing lifelong friendships with our crew, company and companions.”
The assertion didn’t specify whether or not the closure of the restaurant was associated to the coronavirus pandemic, however the restaurant confirmed to CBS 2 that it was.
One Off Hospitality spokeswoman Maggie Perry confirmed particulars in a Chicago Tribune report by Phil Vettel – during which restaurant companions mentioned they might not function at 25 p.c capability indefinitely with a small eating room or preserve six ft of social distancing with a 14-foot by 9-foot kitchen.
Blackbird opened in 1997. The restaurant famous that its eating room has celebrated moments from birthdays to first dates, engagements, weddings, and “most of the time, a easy dinner date to reconnect with associates or household.”
Blackbird was the flagship restaurant for One Off Hospitality, which additionally operates Avec, 615 W. Randolph St., Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market; Publican High quality Meats, 825 W. Fulton Market; Café Cancale, 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Pacific Commonplace Time, 141 W. Erie St.; Large Star, which has places at 1531 N. Damen Ave. and 3640 N. Clark St.; Dove’s Luncheonette, 1545 N. Damen Ave.; and the Violet Hour cocktail lounge, 1520 N. Damen Ave.
These eating places and lounges all stay in operation, most now with open patios.
The One Off Hospitality eating places remained open for takeout and supply after Gov. JB Pritzker closed bars and eating places in March as a result of pandemic, however inside weeks, the group decided to temporarily close its restaurants altogether when COVID-19 cases were steeply on the rise in Illinois.