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Shutter Report: Fizz Fizzles; Bucktown Sausage Stand Closes After 70 Years; More

Plus, Taverna 750 closes tonight in Boystown, Graham Elliot Bistro on Randolph and Two Lions is no more

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Fizz Bar & Grill is closed.
Ashok Selvam
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 West Lakeview space that housed Fizz Bar & Grill near the intersection of Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland, is empty. The bar is closed, ending an 18-year run—even Fizz’s circular sign above the storefront has been removed, eliminating all references to the bar/restaurant at 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. The space had been up for sale since last year.

There no word yet on any future plans for the space. Fizz was popular for the Kentucky Derby and served a reliable lineup for bar food. Patrons also made use of the back patio. Last year, the bar went through an ownership change.

Fizz isn’t the only spot to close. Here are a few more nuggets:

  • Sam’s Red Hots, a decades’-old hot dog stand near Armitage, Western and Milwaukee, is closed, according to DNAinfo. While the walk-up window wasn’t as prodigious as Red Hot Ranch around the corner, Sam’s was open for more than 70 years, and their hot dogs and frozen krinkle-cut fries will be missed at 2345 W. Armitage Ave.
  • Taverna 750 will close tonight at 750 W. Cornelia Ave. in Boystown, as the Italian restaurant is moving to Andersonville where it will take over the Brixton space. The Brixton closed on Sunday at 5420 N. Clark St.
  • Graham Elliot Bistro closed Saturday as the celebrity chef collaborates with DMK Restaurants on a complete reconcept to revive the West Loop restaurant space at 841 W. Randolph St. GEB had a mild relaunch earlier this year, but the results weren’t what management wanted. Expect much more drastic changes when the new restaurant opens early next year.
  • Two Lions Pub and Grill is closed in Logan Square at 2906 W. Armitage Ave. Two Lions served British-style pub grub, but had to change names shortly after first opening in 2014. Originally it was known as Red Lion Pub and Grill. That wasn’t good news for the former owners of The Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park, as that duo went through a messy separation. That led to Red Lions in Lincoln Park and in Lincoln Square. Three’s a crowd.

Taverna 750

750 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 904-7466 Visit Website

Red Lion Pub and Grill

, Chicago, IL (773) 772-4828

Sam's Red Hots

2345 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Brixton

5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 961-7358

Graham Elliot Bistro

841 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 888-2258 Visit Website