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Another Famous Chicago Restaurant Bites the Dust

4/20/12 | by

It seems like they’re dropping like flies lately! Restaurants in Chicago that is. The latest to bite the dust... Billy Goat Tavern?

No... the whole chain isn’t shutting down (thankfully!), just their Loop location on Washington. But this still comes as a surprise move considering its been open for 30 years.

The famed restaurant will close its doors on May 1, and then the Loop can kiss their “cheezborgers” goodbye.

This comes in the wake of three major restaurant closings in Chicago.

Earlier this year, Charlie Trotter’s announced it was shutting down in August after 25 years of serving critically-acclaimed food. Crofton on Wells in River North surprised many when it suddenly closed last week after 15 years in the business. Then, just this week, Le Titi de Paris announced its plans to close in mid-June after being a fixture in the Chicago culinary community for nearly 40 years.

Lets just hope this sad trend doesn’t continue...

While there were different reasons behind each restaurant’s closing, Billy Goat Tavern is citing a rent hike as the reason for theirs. Apparently, the landlord wanted to boost the rent up from $6,500 a month to $15,000 a month.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a Mediterranean restaurant, Naf Naf Grill, will take its place.

However, Billy Goat Tavern does plan on re-opening another location in the Loop in the near future. So hopefully those “double-cheezborgers” will be back in the area soon. Until then, you’ll just have to hit up their famed location on the Magnificent Mile.