Chicago Brauhaus, the iconic German restaurant and beer hall in Lincoln Square, will close next month. Co-owner Harry Kempf confirmed that after more than five decades the quirky fixture will close on December 11. Rumors swirled in March that the restaurant would soon shutter after the discovery of property listing. Kempf said they’ve received plenty of interest from potential purchasers, but have not finalized a sale for 4732 N. Lincoln Avenue.
Large steins of German lagers, vivacious musicians wearing lederhosen, and classic German fare like schnitzel have helped make restaurant last for 52 years. On Monday, customers saw cards placed on tables written with a greeting that announced the closing date. An LTH Forum reader transcribed the note:
It is with sadness that on Monday, December 11, 2017, the Chicago Brauhaus will close its doors.
For over five decades, the Chicago Brauhaus has been a mainstay in wonderful Lincoln Square.
Our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to all our customers and friends — we thank you all.
We will miss you and never forget you. Thank you.”
Kempf said they wanted to close in mid-December as ownership worried about “every Tom, Dick, and Harry” wanting to book a private event as the holidays approach. After the shutter those events will no longer be a concern.
While the future of the building is in question, loyal fans have about a month to grab a glass boot filled with beer.