EDISON PARK — For decades, Chicagoans could venture to the North Woods without leaving the Northwest Side thanks to the Mecca Supper Club in Edison Park.
But on Sunday night, the Mecca closed amid a court dispute with its new landlord, its owner said. It is unknown if and when it will reopen.
In a text, owner Sarah Hriczo said the bar closed because of the landlord. She did not detail the dispute, but said she was due in court late October.
With its stuffed fish and deer heads on its walls and log-cabin decor, the supper club at 6666 N. Northwest Highway was like stepping into a North Woods Wisconsin lodge, without the Green Bay Packers fans.
The Mecca was equally known for its hearty fare like grilled beef tenderloin and prime rib and its dance club-like atmosphere after dinner, when DJs would spin house and freestyle classics while patrons danced in the small back area of the bar.
Because of the dispute with new building owner, Hriczo made the decision that Sunday would be the last day.
To thank its patrons, the Mecca held an event appropriately called “Bye Bye Bye,” which featured a free brunch buffet with a drink purchase, food during the Chicago Bears game, live acoustic music after the game, a free dinner buffet and then a night cap with a local DJ spinning records and people dancing — all things the Mecca was loved for during its tenure.
The event was packed to capacity, with many people showing up for one last drink or dance.
A number of people on social media expressed shock and sadness about the closing. One Edison Park resident wrote “thanks for my welcome to the neighborhood as my fav bar.”
Another wrote “this is an event that I never expected or wanted to attend. Thanks for the wonderful food, memories and fun.”
Edison Park business Tony’s Italian Deli & Subs sent out a message on its Facebook page saying “Thank you for your many years of service in Edison Park. Salute to an icon that has been in EP forever.”
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