LOGAN SQUARE — Mexican restaurant Masa Azul has closed for the foreseeable future.
The owners said the coronavirus pandemic has put a financial strain on the Logan Square restaurant, 2901 W. Diversey Ave., and the team decided it was best to “pause operations” for the time being.
They said they hope to reopen the restaurant “when the pandemic wanes.”
“While we still feel that given the pandemic this was the best answer, it has been very difficult on business,” the owners said in a Facebook post Oct. 1.
“We have fought hard, as serving our guests and caring for our team is so important to us. But it has been a very uphill battle, for us and for most small restaurants and bars.”
After the pandemic hit, Masa Azul pivoted to carryout-only. The owners opted not to reopen the restaurant’s outdoor patio. In the Facebook post, they said “the thought of anyone getting sick on our watch kept us up at night.”
The owners couldn’t be immediately reached Wednesday evening.
Masa Azul landed on Logan Square’s Diversey Avenue in 2012, several years before the stretch was dubbed the city’s hottest new dining destination.
The Mexican restaurant is known for its wide array of tequila, as well as its authentic tacos and Mexican small plates.
The closure took effect Oct. 5. It comes shortly after the restaurant celebrated its ninth anniversary.
“We hope this is temporary, as we look forward to many more anniversaries to celebrate with you!” the owners said.
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