PORTAGE PARK — The owners of Lead Belly Restaurant Group have closed their BeefBelly location in Portage Park.
The announcement was made in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday morning and thanked “friends and tireless advocates.”
Owner Steve O’Brien and his wife grew up on the North Side and opened BRGRBelly, 5739 W. Irving Park Rd., five years ago. Three years later they expanded to the 4800 N. Central Ave. location and opened up BeefBelly.
Last year, the 4800 N. Central Ave. restaurant was rebranded as Tipsy Cow, a Mexican restaurant, but O’Brien said the new menu never really took off. Back in June, the owners took their 4800 N. Central Ave. location back to basics with $3 burgers to apologize for the ill-fated Mexican rebranding.
“Few restaurant owners have the opportunity to pack the house with familiar well-wishers for not one, but three grand openings,” the post said. “Your support has always emboldened us to take chances and strive towards building something unique at this corner that neighbors could point to as their own, with pride.”
The closing will not have an impact on the 5739 W. Irving Park Rd. location. Additionally, Lead Belly Restaurant Group says owners will still have access to the 4800 N. Central Ave. building for the time being.
“If you are looking for a full-service, kick-*ss venue for your holiday or other private event, or for filming, please contact us,” the post said.
Requests for additional comment from Lead Belly Restaurant Group on the closing were not immediately returned.
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