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Jaipur Indian Restaurant Closing After Decade On Randolph’s Restaurant Row Sunday

Faced with a rent hike, owners decided to close the popular Indian spot.

Google is reportedly opening a retail space between 847 W. and 851 W. Randolph St. Jaipur Restaurant, 847 W. Randolph Street closed last month following rent hikes.
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WEST LOOP— A popular Indian restaurant on Randolph’s Restaurant Row is closing its doors after a decade in the West Loop.

Jaipur owners announced they would soon close the restaurant, 847 W. Randolph St., earlier this month. The restaurant, which first opened in 2008, will close Sunday.

“After almost 11 years of building a business that was the home to many, a place for many to come and gather with their loved ones, for celebrations to the future. We are closing our doors, ” owners posted on Jaipur’s Facebook page.

Jaipur General manager Heather Santos said this week that the restaurant’s lease is set to expire. Faced with a rent hike, owners Hiten and Shetwa Bharwad decided not to renew the lease. 

“As of right now, Jaipur is closing indefinitely, but the owners may open a new restaurant down the road,” Santos said.

Jaipur routinely made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. Most recently, Jaipur appeared on their 2018 list, which recognizes restaurants that offer quality cuisine “for a maximum price of $40.” In this year’s listing, Michelin praised Jaipur’s affordable full-service lunch “that brings the buffet to your table in a parade of hammered copper katoris.”

In the Facebook post, the restaurant urged customers to come by for “some amazing Indian food” one last time. 

“Thank you, everyone, for your support throughout the years, we will truly miss each and every one of you!”

Eater first reported the news that Jaipur would be closing.

Since posting on social media, Santos said the restaurant has been flooded with support from loyal customers.

“It’s sad we won’t be a part of Randolph Street anymore,” she said. 

Last September, neighboring Perez Restaurant, 853 W. Randolph St., closed after almost 33 years in business. At the time, owner Jose Perez told DNAinfo that his lease was up and he couldn’t afford a steep rent hike.

Perez said he didn’t want the Mexican restaurant to close, but the rent hike left him little choice.

“They want a fancy restaurant here, I guess,” Perez said at the time. “They came and bought the entire block, and they have new ideas [for it].”