After the possibility was brought up by Chicago Real Estate Daily, DNAinfo is reporting that a deal could not be reached and that the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub will close next year. Chris Siavelis, the landlord, is quoted saying that Goose Island's "request brings the proposed transaction far below that of market value."
The brewpub, which was opened by founder John Hall 25 years ago, is a Chicago institution despite the sale of the Goose Island brand to Anheuser Busch in 2011. The brewpubs were not part of that deal and continued to churn out an array of inspired microbrews, mostly under the direction of former brewmaster Jared Rouben, who left in January and was succeeded by Nick Barron the following month.
Dubbed "Chicago's Original Brewpub," it inspired numerous craft breweries in the area, as illustrated by this 25th anniversary video released last month. Expect it to shutter in early 2014, the Wrigleyville location will remain open.
[UPDATE: A Goose Island Brewpub representative says that negotiations are ongoing and founder John Hall is hopeful a deal will be reached. There is no resolution yet and their lease runs until the end of the year. If they do close, Hall will reopen at another location. This could go on for a while.]
· Goose Island's Original Lincoln Park Brewpub to Close in 2014 [DNAinfo]
· All Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Goose Island Brewpubs [Official Site]