Four Corners Tavern Group is adding a vast, highly-visible downtown space to what's becoming a mini-empire of bars and restaurants. Last night was the final night in business for American Junkie, the spacious Arizona-imported clubstaurant on Illinois, according to a statement from owner Brad Parker. After months of rumors, the recently-prolific Four Corners group is officially the proud new owner of that space.
"We are beyond grateful for the memories and incredible times that everyone had at American Junkie," Parker says in said statement. "We are so appreciative of the customers who made American Junkie what it was and we look forward to the more great ventures in the future." Parker will have two new ventures in the future, says a rep.
What restaurant, bar, nightclub, or combination thereof Four Corners will make American Junkie into is currently unknown, but expect construction to begin soon and a new place to open in late spring. This acquisition joins the Maggie Daley Park restaurant and the West Loop project with Brendan Sodikoff in the rapidly expanding Four Corners portfolio.
American Junkie opened in March 2013 as a clubstaurant with a pedigreed chef, Kendal Duque, and has seen the acclaimed Bohemian House open next door, Chicago's location of the country club Whiskey Row is planned for next door on its other side, and many Italian restaurants have popped up in Chicago's most nightlife-centric neighborhood. It shutters 22 months later to make way for Four Corners Tavern Group.
Editor's note: This story was edited to reflect that American Junkie and Whiskey Row have different ownership.