It's been a tough two months for chef Mike Sheerin. All three of his restaurant projects have shuttered during that time, the most recent being Trinity Bar, his "Bar Rescue"-style revamp of a Lincoln Park pub with longtime friend Ryan Holden. It follows the closings of Packed in May and Embeya in June, two projects where Sheerin served as chef.
Sheerin and Holden bought Trinity Bar at 2721 N. Halsted St. last spring, revamping a 10-year-old Irish pub that had a myriad of problems under previous ownership. The pair cleaned the space up and upped the food and drink programs, adding items such as curried fish and chips, creative cocktails, and Sheerin's late-night ramen. The new Trinity Bar opened in October 2015.
Business was slow and didn't pick up, however, which led to the shutter. Holden confirms the closure, saying that he's in negotiations to sell the space. He says he has a buyer but can't release who it is because the deal isn't finalized yet. Stay tuned for that information soon.