ROGERS PARK — Empirical’s brewpub on Morse Avenue in Rogers Park may close next month unless it gets outside investment.
The brewpub opened on June 14, 2017, in the front of the Mayne Stage. It was the second home of Empirical, which opened its original brewery and taproom in Ravenswood in 2015.
The Rogers Park location serves the brewery’s flagship beers like its Double Helix Imperial IPA, Gamma-Ray Ginger Wheat and Infinity IPA. The brew pub had also just introduced a new food menu this month.
In a release sent out Monday morning, Empirical Brewery’s management said their brewpub, 1330 W. Morse Ave., could close as soon as Oct. 14 without a new buyer or investor.
“The Pub is a spinoff of the successful Empirical Taproom located at 1801 W. Foster Avenue in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood,” the company said. “Beer sales have been strong at the Pub and reviews have been generally good. However, the Empirical team wants to refocus efforts on expanding beer distribution in Chicago, which is their core strength.”
The Rogers Park location is part of the Mayne Stage complex developed by Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises.
In an email to Block Club, Empirical’s management said the rent for the brewpub was negotiated in a long-term lease and played no role in their decision seek new outside investment.
“We are simply a small company with limited resources and bandwidth. Our beer sells great and we need to focus on that,” the email said. “The taproom has been the lifeblood of the company and will remain so. We recently entered into self-distribution in Chicago and need to focus our management energy on building that business for the long-term.”
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