CHICAGO (CBS) — The Schoolyard Tavern on Southport Avenue is the newest Chicago bar to announce it’s going out of enterprise as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a social media publish, the bar at 3258 N. Southport Ave., on the southwest nook of the intersection with Faculty Avenue, mentioned this weekend will probably be its final.
“Covid has been a harmful power to so many lives, households, friendships, and livelihoods. We’ve all felt the sting, a few of us worse than others,” the Schoolyard mentioned within the publish. “It’s with a really heavy coronary heart that we’ll be closing our doorways for good after this weekend’s (10/2-10/4) service. Once we shut Sunday night. It is going to be the final time we lock the doorways as Schoolyard Tavern. Sadly, attempting to run a Sports activities Bar on this new actuality is simply not sustainable. Please be a part of us, in case you are in a position, this weekend to say goodbye to Schoolyard.”
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Covid has been a destructive force to so many lives, families, friendships, and livelihoods. We have all felt the sting, some of us worse than others. It’s with a very heavy heart that we will be closing our doors for good after this weekend’s (10/2-10/4) service. When we close Sunday evening. It will be the last time we lock the doors as Schoolyard Tavern. Unfortunately, trying to run a Sports Bar in this new reality is just not sustainable. Please join us, if you are able, this weekend to say goodbye to Schoolyard. Please take a look around and see the devastation happening to our fellow brothers and sisters in the bar/restaurant and small business communities. Please support your local, small businesses as much as you are able to. We love you all, and we cannot THANK YOU enough for all of your love and support over the years. Take care of yourselves and each other.
The Schoolyard has been in enterprise since 1994. It was initially operated by the 4 Corners Tavern Group and was bought to the homeowners of Wicker Park’s Hyperlinks Taproom in 2018, based on Eater.com.
The Schoolyard can also be only a brief block from the Southport Lanes bowling alley on the southeast nook of Southport Avenue and Henderson Avenue, which went out of enterprise this previous weekend.
The Southport Lanes constructing at 3325 N. Southport Ave. was in-built 1900 by Schlitz Brewery and was initially named the Nook. It was renamed Southport Lanes in 1922, when the 98-year historical past that simply ended started.
However whereas Southport Lanes and its predecessor survived Prohibition, the 1918 flu, and world wars, it couldn’t survive COVID-19. Tedious duties, costly cleansing, and fewer room for paying diners means Southport Lanes couldn’t make ends meet.
In its personal closure announcement, the Schoolyard urged the general public to help native companies.
“Please have a look round and see the devastation taking place to our fellow brothers and sisters within the bar/restaurant and small enterprise communities,” the Schoolyard mentioned. “Please help your native, small companies as a lot as you’ll be able to.”