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Bom Bolla, Wicker Park's Spanish Stalwart, Officially Calls it Quits [UPDATED]

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Group behind The Hampton Social and chef Rick Gresh taking over

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It's official: Bom Bolla isn't coming back. The Pops For Champagne folks' highly-regarded chef-driven Spanish wine bar and eatery in Wicker Park sent word on social media last night that there's no chance of reopening following its closure just before Christmas. At that time, managing partner W. Craig Cooper left the door open just a crack that an angel investor or new ownership could swoop in and save it, but it wasn't to be.

In a long and heartfelt Facebook post, management writes that "Although I'm certain it's no surprise to anyone that our chances of reopening there on Milwaukee Avenue have been slim to none for some time now, I can say that as of this week, it is official; we will not be." Read the entire thing below. There's no word yet on who and what could take over the space, which is in a renovated landmark building with an unopened second-floor rooftop on a high-traffic stretch of Milwaukee Avenue that shares its storefront with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams second Chicago location.

A week or so before we opened bom bolla, a good friend and wonderfully kind person gave me this stamp (complete with the...

Posted by bom bolla on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

UPDATE: The team behind River North's The Hampton Social are taking over Bom Bolla and planning a Hawaiian-themed restaurant named MahaloDNAinfo reports. They're hoping to open by Memorial Day.

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