For those who spent summer weekend days bouncing between restaurants, shops and bars at the California Avenue/Augusta Boulevard corner, there’s one less spot on the list of places to pop into. Haywood Tavern served its last meal on November 20, according to a Facebook post:
The reason behind the closing isn’t known, but with winter coming, some restaurant shutters can be expected. The news follows closing reports from Greektown’s Pegasus, Westmont’s Hanbun, Wicker Park’s Filter Cafe, and River North’s Primehouse — it seems that no neighborhood is immune to shutters.
Haywood Tavern was known for its laid back vibe, with excellent burgers, brunch service, and pub food from chef Rodney Staton. Staton says in an email that there are plans for the space to fill the southeast corner of California Avenue and Augusta Boulevard, which is flanked by Rootstock, C.C. Ferns, Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain, California Clipper, and Cafe Marie-Jeanne. “Our concept and space [were] never quite for each other,” Staton said. The intersection is well-known for its trendy and quality restaurants and bars surrounded by quirky shops and Humboldt Park.