LOGAN SQUARE — The Radler will serve its last customers Feb. 24.
After five years of calling the massive storefront at 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave. home, the German-themed bar/restaurant is closing, according to owner Adam Hebert. Eater was first to report the news.
Reached Friday, Hebert said he wasn’t able to make The Radler work financially.
“If we were making money, we would have no problems, but we’re not, so something’s gotta give … so I can make a living for me and my family,” Hebert said.
“There’s not really an amount that would save the business — other than a full win of the lottery.”
When The Radler opened in 2013, it was one of the first bars to join the now-booming Milwaukee Avenue bar and restaurant strip.
At first, The Radler was a fine dining spot, serving German favorites like knockwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle and black forest cake, as well as German beer. But that didn’t work out, so Hebert switched gears. He took the German sausages off plates and into buns and lowered the prices.
“We’ve revamped a number of times. We closed for a few weeks to redo the front door, redid the kitchen, changed the menu two or three times,” Hebert said. “We always kept the same name. Maybe that was part of the problem.”
Hebert said he’s grateful to his loyal customers and staff for making the business run for the last five years.
“We love you, we thank you, we look forward to taking care of you in the future, whether it be under The Radler name, or wherever we end up next,” he said.
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