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Vivial, The Former Spencer's Jolly Posh, Closes 4 Months After Revamp

Owner cites personal reasons for closure

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Less than four months after switching the concept and changing its name, Vivial, the finer-dining restaurant inside the former Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods space on Southport, is closed. Owner Nick Spencer cited "personal reasons" and wanting to focus on wholesale operations in a short statement as reasons for the shutter.

The restaurant shifted its focus in November from a casual spot that also sold British groceries to a more formal American restaurant that even employed the Tock ticketing system. In another Alinea Group connection, Aviary/Alinea alum Garrett Christiansen served as executive chef. Vivial's cocktails also earned recognition. Southport Corridor first reported the closure.

Jolly Posh opened as a grocery store that supplied British foodstuffs before moving to the Southport location. Spencer also added a restaurant component before switching concepts and going forward with Vivial. The Jolly Posh name lives on as stores, including Mariano's, sell Spencer's British bacon and sausages at their locations.

Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods

3755 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (872) 802-3840 Visit Website


3755 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 312-3755 Visit Website