While many burger chains continue to expand into the Chicago market, Red Robin is flying out of the city. Over the weekend, the company closed all five of its fast-casual Red Robin Burger Works restaurants in the area, Crain’s reported. Two of those locations were only open for six months.
Crain’s noted that Chicago was one of three test markets for their fast-casual concept. The moves aren’t focused on Chicago market, as Red Robin also closed nine restaurants in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. Red Robin debuted these scaled-down versions in Chicago back in 2014. A rep told Crain’s that Red Robin's remaining three fast-casual spots will be rebranded as Red Robin Express.
While that leaves Red Robin without a location in the city, fear not fans of steak fries. The original sit-down Red Robins, of which there are 17 scattered around the suburbs, remain unaffected.
These are the Red Robin Burger Works Chicago locations which are now closed:
- 328 N. Michigan Ave.
- 190 W. Madison St.
- 20 E. Chicago Ave.
- 180 N. Wabash Ave.
- 204 N. Wells St.