Hundreds of Chicago restaurants closed in the last quarter.

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Lost Lake, which is closing this weekend, is one of nearly 300 restaurants to close since the fourth quarter of 2021 (iStock, Google Maps)

Lost Lake, a tropical-themed bar on the Avondale side of West Diversey Avenue, is one of nearly 300 restaurants in Chicago to close permanently since the start of the last quarter due to the pandemic.

The restaurant announced on its Instagram page on Friday that Jan. 13, its seventh birthday, will begin its last weekend of activity, according to Crain’s. Chicago restaurants opened about a year ago.

The Lost Lake Instagram post said a wave of super spreaders “wiped out what would typically be our busiest time of year.”

“Thank you very much for all the support, from our very first day until this one,” the post continued. “You have made a lot of dreams come true here. “

Crain’s, citing data from food and beverage analytics firm Datassential, reports that around 280 restaurants closed in the fourth quarter of 2021, just as the Covid-19 booster shots offered a tantalizing taste back to the country. pre-pandemic pleasure for local diners after nearly two of the years of lockdown and social distancing. By comparison, only 23 restaurants closed in the fourth quarter of 2019, the last quarter before the pandemic, Crain’s reports.

Not only have sales fallen, but many restaurants, including Lost Lake, have had to temporarily close due to understaffing due to the spread of the coronavirus, according to Crain’s.

Lost Lake’s announcement seems to have resonated with local diners – the bar, known for its creative cocktails, took to its Instagram page again over the weekend to thank the community for their support following its announcement. Reservations for the coming weekend are full and the bar has “very little” space for walk-ins. The online store has also exhausted its merchandise.

“We were totally overwhelmed with yesterday’s response – after a truly catastrophic month of take-out business, we were NOT prepared for the number of people who placed orders yesterday! »Read the post.

[Crain’s] – Harrison connery

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