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Nookies’ Edgewater Location Closes Permanently While Lincoln Park, Old Town Spots Reopen

Nookies closed its locations at the beginning of the pandemic, and the Edgewater outpost will not reopen.

Nookies' Edgewater location has closed permanently, while its two other locations reopen.
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EDGEWATER — Nookies’ Edgewater has permanently closed, while the local chain’s two other locations have reopened following a year-long hiatus brought on by the pandemic.

The popular breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant at 1100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. will not reopen, Nookies’ management announced March 28. But the chain’s Old Town and Lincoln Park locations have reopened.

“We are gutted to have to say that unfortunately, our Edgewater doors will be permanently closed,” management wrote on Facebook. “The good news though, is that both Lincoln Park and Old Town are currently open for dine in and take out!”

A representative for the business declined to comment on the decision Wednesday.

Nookies announced on March 23, 2020, it would close its locations “during this quarantine.” But as business restrictions lifted and places reopened, the popular North Side restaurants remained closed.

Edgewater neighbors speculated on social media the Bryn Mawr location might not reopen after seeing “for lease” signs in the window.

“This is such sad news,” one customer wrote on Facebook. “When Nookies Edgewater opened it was such a positive addition to the neighborhood. I always enjoyed the food and such friendly service.”

Nookies opened its Edgewater location in 2011, bringing a family-friendly diner and large patio to the neighborhood, according to Eater Chicago.

Nookies’ first location was opened on Wells Street in Old Town in 1973, according to Chicagoist. Nookies Too opened in Lincoln Park in 1982, followed three years later by Lakeview’s Nookies Tree.

The chain’s Lakeview location has been closed since at least 2019, with no word on its potential reopening.

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