Randolph Restaurant Row is taking another hit, as WonFun and 2Fun Chinese — the bar and restaurant that opened in November 2016 in the West Loop — are closing on Saturday at 905 W. Randolph Street. Ownership announced the shutter via social media late on Wednesday night. The restaurant is owned by Austin Baker who shuttered his other restaurant, Bar Marta, in June in Humboldt Park/Ukrainian Village.
The cavernous space is divided into two with the red-lit 160-seat lounge (2Fun) on the second floor that focused on beverages and small bites while hosting the occasional karaoke night. The first floor (WonFun) is a narrow space seating 60 with counter seats and booths. When it first opened, the restaurant — which concentrates on Sichuan cuisine — had ducks hanging in the kitchen. Living in Bhutan inspired Baker to open his restaurant. He also worked at Hogsalt Hospitality, the parent company of Au Cheval and Green Street Meats. Baker wasn’t immediately reached, and the future of his Joy Hospitality brand is unclear. The Tribune first reported the closing.
December is a popular time to announce restaurant shutters. Last week, The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet closed a few blocks east of WonFun/2Fun, which neighbors J.P. Graziano. The Italian sandwich maker served as WonFun/2Fun’s landlord as the second-floor that houses 2Fun is Graziano’s converted warehouse space.
Standout dishes include the Sichuan peppercorn sprinkled chicken wings and a daily fish dish that was steamed. Chinese options are slim in the West Loop, with Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat apparently the only game nearby. Fans only have three days to try them again. WonFun/2Fun will close on Saturday.