Chizakaya, the Japanese pub that opened to acclaim just over two years ago, shuttered after service on Saturday night. Harold Jurado, the former chef whose family owns the restaurant, said they decided to close it because it just wasn't making enough money. "We're looking to relocate," Jurado said. "Personally I'm occupied with Jellyfish, but my family will look at different neighborhoods to see what makes sense. They've told me maybe Wicker Park or Bucktown or maybe toward Randolph. Whatever makes sense financially."
Jurado, who left Chizakaya earlier this year to head the kitchen at the newly opened Jellyfish, said business started sliding in spring and since his family owns the building, they decided to close and hopefully rent it out to make money that way. But they aren't abandoning Chizakaya just yet. "We love the concept," he said. "We feel that it's necessary to have a restaurant like that in Chicago."
· Look Around Jellyfish, Open Now in Gold Coast [~EChi~]