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Billy Corgan’s Tea Shop Will Close in Suburban Chicago

The Smashing Pumpkins front man will throw a tea party before the shutter

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Billy Corgan
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After six years in suburban Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has decided to shutter his tea house. Madame ZuZu’s will close on Saturday, March 18 in Highland Park, according to Corgan’s Instagram page. Corgan claimed that the pending shutter had "nothing to do with the strength of the business (which thanks to all our great customers has been robust and steady)."

When it opened, Corgan said the 30-seat tea house was to be a place for people of all walks of life to exchange ideas. Smashing Pumpkins, which originated in the suburbs, is embarking on a reunion tour for its 30th anniversary. They’ll play August 13 and 14 at the United Center.

Corgan wants to reopen the shop, preferably in Highland Park. The shop featured selections from Rare Tea Cellar, a brand that’s popular among many of Chicago’s better restaurants. Though Corgan didn’t avoid all meat and dairy — he said he was a pescatarian — Madame ZuZu’s was also a vegan cafe.