Township, the Logan Square diner and music venue, appears to have closed. There’s no activity at the restaurant, 2200 N. California Avenue, and no one is answering phone calls. Additionally, two shows scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been moved a few blocks away to Deadbolt.
The venue opened in 2012 and gave Logan Square a hub for music and a diverse menu that catered to many lifestyles including vegans. The space didn’t take itself very seriously, serving green eggs and ham, while also offering the occasional traditional American diner item with an Indian touch, using ingredients like paneer for its saag paneer scramble. Township co-founder Tamiz Haiderali ran Treat, an Indian fusion restaurant that lasted six years from 2006 to 2012 in Logan Square.
No matter what was served on the menu, most people will remember Township for the music. Show promoter Brian Peterson of MP Shows was a cofounder. He departed from Township in 2014, but not before establishing Township as a venue to see some of the city’s better underground rock bands.
Attempts to reach ownership haven’t been successful. The venue’s Facebook page, the main vessel for restaurants announce shutters in this day and age, has been dormant for weeks.
It’s another blow for those who like prefer dives. Lonesome Rose, the new all-day restaurant from the owners of Lost Lake, just opened on a parcel that once housed Ronny’s, a dive bar that also hosted rock shows. It might be time to peek in on The Mutiny — another dive bar that draws similar clientele — for a wellbeing check.