About two months since its founders and chef left the acclaimed restaurant and cocktail bar in Logan Square, Analogue has closed. Ownership informed staff on Monday and the restaurant is now up for sale. They had hoped to continue to stay open despite all that May upheaval.
"I'm extremely proud of the small part we played in making Logan Square a great place," co-owner and general manager Scott Crawford wrote. "I'm grateful for all the hard work and creativity from the staff."
The shutter isn't a surprise for many, as founders Robert Haynes and Henry Prendergast —as well as chef Alfredo Nogueira— left Analogue this spring. Crawford, a majority owner with his wife Amanda Brimmer, attempted to right the ship by promoting its sous chef. But apparently the changes weren't enough. A Facebook post announced the closure on Monday afternoon which was later reported by DNAinfo.
Haynes and Prendergast met while working at Violet Hour, and opened Analogue back in December 2013. Though their reputation for cocktails gave the space plenty of buzz, Nogueira's solid execution of his Cajun menu earned its share of attention in the neighborhood. Even with the acclaim, it couldn't survive the business climate and the loss of key personnel.
"I have gained a strong admiration for anyone who is able to turn an independent restaurant into a profitable business," wrote Crawford.