After a nine-year hiatus, the resurrection of Harry's Velvet Room lasted less than five months. The contract dispute between operator Dion Antic and building owner Tom MacDonald (Webster's Wine Bar), which was reported two days ago, has "come to an impasse," according to a Harry's Facebook post last night, and the reboot has shuttered for good. Antic had originally hoped to reopen in "a couple days."
Harry's Velvet Room, a sophisticated lounge and eatery, was originally open in two locations in River North (which are now home to Blue Chicago and Underground) between 1992 and 2006. Antic had hoped to reopen it multiple times, finally moving into the bi-level space at 1408 W. Webster in Lincoln Park that previously housed Webster's Wine Bar after MacDonald moved that to Logan Square. Harry's and its "grown up glamour" reopened in late February, gaining national press for its policy against cell phones and cheesy pick-up lines, and local press for its cocktails and vibe.
Will Antic try to resurrect Harry's yet again in a different location? Only time will tell.