West Loop — WestEnd is closing Sunday after 14 years of serving Blackhawks and Bulls fans in the West Loop.
The sports bar at 1326 W. Madison St. near the United Center is closing but will be replaced by another Four Corners Tavern Group restaurant this fall, it announced on Instagram.
“It’s bittersweet to share that we’re closing WestEnd after service on Sunday, August 8. But this is not goodbye. We’ll be back soon, still as your local [Four Corners] spot,” the announcement reads. “We had a great run and sincerely, appreciate all your loyal support over the years.”
Four Corners will convert WestEnd into its second Ranalli’s pizza shop. Its first opened in Lincoln Park 45 years ago.
“After much consideration, and as the demand for carryout and pizza continues, we felt there was a great need and opportunity in the area for our Ranalli’s concept. … We’ll still offer the same friendly dine-in experience, happy hour and game-day entertainment while bringing more carryout and delivery options to the neighborhood,” the statement reads.
Four Corners has recruited design firm Studio K and artist Anthony Lewellen to redesign and decorate the space, according to Eater.
Ranalli’s is expected to open in October.
“WestEnd has been around for 14 years and has had a great run — the venue will always be special to us,“ Four Corners co-owner Matt Menna said in a statement. “We see a great opportunity and ability to be successful with Ranalli’s at this location, and we plan to deliver a welcoming neighborhood spot where folks can gather with friends and family over some great pizza.”
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