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De Quay, Chicago’s Only Dutch-Indonesian Restaurant, Is Closing in Lincoln Park

The owners blamed the city’s over-saturated restaurant scene

de Quay Eater Inside Lincoln Park
De Quay shortly after it opened in 2015.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

De Quay, Chicago’s only Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, is closing at the end of July after more than three years in Lincoln Park. The Eurasian restaurant is shuttering on July 29, according to a Facebook post. The restaurant opened in May 2015 at 2470 N. Lincoln Avenue, and the owners have battled a competitive market to try to keep their doors open.

“We’ve tried in vain to keep the dream alive but in the end, we were unable to sustain our business in the current over saturated restaurant scene here in Chicago,” wrote owner David De Quay in a farewell Facebook post published on Friday morning.

Indonesian food is scarce in Chicago, though available down the street at Rickshaw Republic and at a few outlets around the city. De Quay offered a tasted of Amsterdam with rijstafel or rice tables. These spicy progressive meals of small dishes are popular in the Netherlands and a rarity to find in Chicago. De Quay’s final rijstafel service is on July 16, and reservations are open.

See De Quay’s full Facebook post below. Its last day is on July 29.

It is with a sad and broken heart that I write this post today. We have made the decision to close de Quay Restaurant...

Posted by de Quay on Friday, June 22, 2018

De Quay

, Chicago, IL (872) 206-8820

de Quay Restaurant

2470 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60614 (872) 206-8820 Visit Website