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)."
So, a little announcement. Zuzu's Teahouse 1.0 will be closing it's doors March 18th, as we are forced to move for various reasons which involve tenancy, but certainly nothing to do with the strength of the business (which thanks to all our great customers has been robust and steady). So for now our focus moves to madamezuzus.com and the online store, and when I'm home next around my birthday (March 17th) I will be looking at even more spaces. Unfortunately, Highland Park doesn't have a lot of ideal spots at this time, which is part of the holdup. So again, thanks again to all our patrons. You have my gratitude for your support. And come party with us on the 18th as we say goodbye. There will be free tea that day for everyone who comes by, and special last-day sales. (And as far as @madamezuzus 2.0 goes, we hope to open a new location very soon, remaining in Highland Park if possible)
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.