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Rockit Burger Bar Shuttered by Health Dept, Blames Local Wrigleyville Construction

City inspection finds rodent droppings, plus a live mouse and rat inside restaurant's basement.

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Rockit Burger Bar
Rockit Burger Bar
Ashok Selvam
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The Chicago Department of Health suspended Rockit Burger Bar's license on April 7, and the barstaurant places some of the blame on "local" construction. The major construction happening in Wrigleyville is at the home of the Cubs, Wrigley Field.

Rockit Ranch's north side burger-themed spot is currently shuttered and reservations are unavailable for tonight on OpenTable. Rockit reps have yet to respond about when it will reopen or for further comment.

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The city's April 7 inspection doesn't mention the Friendly Confines, instead mentioning mice droppings in the basement, liquor storage room, prep area and near the first- and second-floor bars. Inspectors also said they found a live mouse and a baby rat in the basement near a pile of dirt. But like Wrigley Field, Rockit shares a problem with urine, as the inspector reports the stink of rodent urine in the basement, which is used for dry food storage.

Rockit's sign also mentioned the harsh winter and floor cracks. The cracks could be used for rodent entry, while construction at Wrigley could force vermin to find new nearby homes. The sign also stated that they're "working with the city around the clock to get these areas fixed."

The closure is just a few weeks before the original Rockit Bar & Grill on Hubbard Street is set to reopen after renovations. Read the entire report here:

Rockit Inspection

Rockit Burger Bar

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