There's no doubt that growing turnover in Wicker Park restaurant and bar spaces is ballooning in recent months, as the shuttering of People Tapas Lounge, The Lazy Parrot, El Rincon Azteca, Clarke's on Damen, and Salud illustrates. Two more restaurants are now closed in the neighborhood, adding to the changes.
Gratto Pizzeria and Deli at 1341 N. Damen is done, Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide reports. Opened in December 2011, the spot was known for pizza, sandwiches, and soups. Just up the street, Cipollina under the Damen Blue Line stop has also closed. Cipollina was a neighborhood staple for much longer.
Sources indicate rising rents in the gentrified artsy neighborhood are responsible for much of the turnover. Cipollina is a prime location that should see a new tenant soon.
· Wicker Wire: Gratto Closes in Wicker Park [WPBIG]
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