LINCOLN PARK— Taco Joint has closed its neighboring expansion in Lincoln Park. The room first opened as The Mexican. But then it became BBQ Joint. But then it became a second dining room for Taco Joint. Now that space is shuttered with a “for lease” sign erected at 1967 N. Halsted St. Taco Joint’s main dining room remains open next door.
JEFFERSON PARK— 4 Hermanos shuttered its Jefferson Park location at 5329 N. Central Ave., which is now on the real estate market. The neighborhood Mexican restaurant lasted 15 years at that address. They continue to operate their restaurant at 6145 W. Touhy Ave. near Niles.
UPTOWN— City officials have shut down an Uptown West African restaurant following two fatal shootings early morning on New Year’s Day. Following a request from an alderman, police ordered Iyanze closed, according to DNAinfo. The slayings happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday inside the restaurant at 4623 N. Broadway St. The restaurant will remained closed until police finish their investigation. A 31-year-old man and 38-year-old man were killed.
LAKEVIEW— The second iteration of Flo—West Town’s popular brunch restaurant—is officially closed in Lakeview at 2901 N. Ashland Ave. Ownership has said the restaurant would reconcept with help from another restaurant group. Those plans appear doomed as there’s a “for lease” sign posted at the storefront.
EVANSTON— Neighborhood favorite Thai Sookdee closed their doors over the New Year’s Day weekend at 1016 Church St. Evanston Now has the details. The owners also run Thai Room, which is in Lincoln Square.