After three years, the second iteration of Villains will soon be no more in the South Loop. Management announced that the craft beer pub is closing on September 8 at 730 S. Clark Street. The restaurant reinvented itself at a new location after closing in 2012, going from burgers to more of a gastropub.
The announcement thanks customers and urges visitors to come by for a burger and beer.
Besides expanding the menu, Villains 2.0 hoped to ride the wave of craft beer, giving South Loopers more brew diversity. However, the location seemed to be a tough draw, even with positive reviews from critics. Opening chef Dennis Stover left in 2016 and said at the time that he didn’t know if the more upscale restaurant would please locals. After Stover’s departure, co-owner Marco Silvo said they would try to make the menu more accessible.
It’s a sad bit of news for Columbia College students who are set to return to the area for the start of the academic year. But maybe there’s hope. Maybe freshman will welcome Villains 3.0 at the start of their senior years. Until then, fans have 12 days to visit Villains in its current form.