WEST LOOP — Maude’s Liquor Bar has officially closed its doors.
The pandemic initially forced the closure of the restaurant, 840 W. Randolph St., in March. Though it briefly reopened over the summer, Hogsalt Hospitality representatives confirmed Tuesday the restaurant known for its French food and fancy cocktails had closed for good.
“We will miss the restaurant greatly, but feel grateful for all of the wonderful times that we got to spend on Randolph Street,” a Hogsalt spokesman said in an email.
Brendan Sodikoff opened the Parisian-style restaurant and bar in 2011.
Hogsalt representatives did not answer additional questions, but a letter posted on the bar’s website said Maude’s was not a “victim of the pandemic.”
“I simply knew it was time. All things must come to an end,” the letter reads.
Maude’s joins dozens of other Chicago restaurants, including neighboring Bad Hunter, that have closed in recent months.
“We put our heart and soul and what little money we had into her, and when we opened our doors. Something miraculous happened— you came,” the letter reads.
“There is a temptation to be sad..But when I think about the nine years that the candles flickered and your voices filled our ears and we threw a party every night, I’m reminded that the most important thing wasn’t the food, or drinks, or our crumbling elegance. It was that our house was a place where people felt happy.”
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