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5 Restaurant Shutters to Know in Chicago

More places close as the year nears an end

Mash appears closed in Lincoln Square.
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 LOOP— French Accent at Willis Tower will close on Friday. The buffet was a popular spot for a quick meal with a large selection. The restaurant has been open since 2010 but there's another location in the Aon Center.

It is with regrets that we announce that our last day of business at French Accent will be this Friday December 9th! We...

Posted by French Accent at Willis Tower on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LINCOLN SQUARE— Mash has been closed for a week. The windows are papered up, but the owners won’t confirm anything to DNAinfo. The former Bad Dog Tavern, 4535 N. Lincoln Ave., re-concepted in 2015 with a new name and menu, taking advantage of one of the nicest patios in the neighborhood. The owners didn't return a message for comment. Also, city officials on Dec. 2 showed up to inspect the restaurant but couldn't get entry.

OAK LAWN— It's almost curtains for fans of animatronic mice and pizza in suburban Oak Lawn. The village called a special meeting after more criminal activity linked to Chuck E. Cheese's, 4031 W. 95th St. The chain and the village are now in negotiations to shutter the pizza/amusement spot, according to Oak Lawn Patch. The latest crime involved a man who was shot a few blocks away at a strip mall parking lot. Since 2011, police have fielded more than 300 calls relating to the restaurant, according to the Daily Southtown.

MCKINLEY PARK— Veteran Tamale, 3133 S. Archer Ave., which has been peddling tamales for more than 70 years, will soon close. The restaurant, which also served burgers, sausages and more, opened in 1946 and this is their second location. DNAinfo noted that the recipe is different from traditional Mexican tamales. Tamales, of course, debuted in America at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago.

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE— Gari Sushi & Asian Bistro has closed at 2020 W. Chicago Ave. and have moved to 2507 W. Fullerton Ave. A hastily-painted sign has gone up in the window suggesting a "curious" new spot is already on its way.

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French Accent

Willis Tower, Chicago, IL (312) 207-2340 Visit Website

Curious, A Chef's Playground

2020 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 360-7534 Visit Website

Chuck E. Cheese

4031 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 (708) 425-5800 Visit Website

Mash Craft Kitchen + Patio

4535 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 334-4040 Visit Website

Veteran Tamale Shop

3133 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (773) 927-1282