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Da Lobsta, Big Bowl Shuttering in Gold Coast For Building Demolition

At least two restaurants are closing next month so developer can raze building.

Corner Bakery, Big Bowl and Da Lobsta will close next month in Gold Coast.
Corner Bakery, Big Bowl and Da Lobsta will close next month in Gold Coast.
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Two and possibly three Gold Coast restaurants will close next month, as plans to demolish their building to make away for a new development roll out. Big Bowl, Da Lobsta and maybe Corner Bakery too will close by the end of July at the corner of State/Rush and Cedar. The new development also includes plans for a two-story restaurant, but no details are available about the latter.

"I'm honestly devastated," Da Lobsta owner J. Wolf said. "After three years in the neighborhood we're doing the best we've ever done."

Wolf's known about the news since late 2013, and it's one of the reasons he opened a Da Lobsta in River North in February. The Gold Coast spot will likely close after the final weekend of July. Wolf said the new development eliminates three of the most "approachable and affordable options in the neighborhood."

Da Lobsta management has been searching for a space near Gold Cost to open a new restaurant. They're also considering selling lobster rolls on Saturdays at the Gold Coast Farmers Market at Division and Clark streets to maintain a community presence. Da Lobsta's food truck will also make stops in the area, Wolf added.

Adding to the shutters, Lettuce Entertain You's Asian concept Big Bowl will close on July 22. Their team posted a sign inside their restaurant. Check it out below. Meanwhile, Wolf said he heard Corner Bakery will close on July 18.

big bowl sign

Corner Bakery Cafe

1121 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 787-1969 Visit Website

Big Bowl

60 East Ohio Street, , IL 60611 (312) 951-1888 Visit Website

Da Lobsta

12 E Cedar St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 944-5006 Visit Website