The coronavirus pandemic has forced dozens of restaurants to close, hitting the industry hard and raising concerns as the winter months approach. Joining the list of closures are three popular Chicago establishments, which have announced plans to close for the foreseeable future as indoor dining and bar service remains suspended in Illinois during a second wave of the virus. .
Two Logan Square staples, Scofflaw and Longman & Eagle, announced this week that they plan to close for the time being.
Scofflaw posted on Instagram that it will be closed “for the foreseeable future”, but hopes to return once the pandemic subsides.
“Thank you to everyone who has come out to support us over the past few weeks and over the past 8 years. Hope to see you on the other side, well done!” the read message.
Longman & Eagle said Wednesday it would remain closed “for now” and likely through early 2021. All Thanksgiving pre-orders will still be fulfilled, the restaurant said.
“We didn’t make this call lightly, but we want to make sure that once the pandemic is over, we can welcome everyone to the same old Longman you know and love,” the restaurant posted on the social networks. “It’s tough news, we know that, and we wish things were different. But we have the absolute best team, and when they say they’re ready to call it, we trust them. We can’t not thank each member of staff enough for their extremely hard work this year.”
The hostel, located above the restaurant, will remain open, which the restaurants hope can continue to pay for while it is closed. The restaurant is also asking customers who want to show their support to shop their online store The Bottle Shop or donate to a fundraiser for their staff.
In Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the iconic Hopleaf Bar has announced it is closing “until further notice.”
“Sorry to say that it has become apparent that Covid 19; this microscopic, diabolical, thoughtless and destructive virus, is back in full force and that, combined with the restrictions on indoor dining, the new recommendation “stay away home” from health experts, the challenges that the coming winter weather brings to the outdoor service and the positive test that one of our employees got, which it is neither prudent nor wise to [sic] us to stay open,” the bar wrote on Facebook. “Until further notice, Hopleaf is closed. WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!!. We will reopen when it is deemed safe to resume domestic service.”
The bar, which has been in business in the area for 29 years, urged customers to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.
“The sooner we deny opportunities to this despicable virus, the sooner we can all get back to the things we would rather do,” the post read.