One of Chicago's most revered restaurants is calling it quits in two weeks. Nightwood, the trailblazing chef-driven local and artisanal restaurant in Pilsen, is shuttering after service on Saturday, July 11. Some hearts will be broken on that day.
Partners Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe) and Matt Eisler (Trencherman, Bar DeVille) aren't revealing the exact reasons behind the decision, though they are citing possible new projects. "The time has come for me and my partners, Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner, to commit ourselves elsewhere," Hammel says in a statement, which also reveals that he'll "introduce a larger Chicago project in the coming months." They say there's no immediate plans for the space, but Eisler says "we anticipate possibilities for the future."
Nightwood was one of the first chef-driven concepts to venture to the south side when it opened in 2009. It has been on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list every year since 2011, largely under the direction of former chef Jason Vincent, who exited in April 2014. It's also an Eater 38 mainstay.
The partners said goodbye to their customers in a Facebook note this morning, which you can read here. Dinner service (Monday through Saturday) and Sunday brunch will continue until July 11.