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Boiler Room Closes, Ending 12-Year Run In Logan Square

A new restaurant will soon replace the popular pizza joint, known for its PB&J special — a slice of pizza, a PBR tall boy and a shot of Jameson.

The Boiler Room closed last week after 12 years in Logan Square.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Popular pizza restaurant Boiler Room has closed after 12 years in Logan Square.

Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., closed last week ahead of Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s last day was Wednesday.

On Monday, the restaurant’s owners made the closure official with a sign on the door: “Regretfully we announce the closing of Boiler Room. Thanks to all our customers for your loyalty and support.”

Desiree Grant, who owned the restaurant with her ex-husband, Russ Grant, said they recently made the difficult decision to sell the business to a set of “younger” owners who can bring new life to the eatery. The two don’t own the building.

Russ Grant also ran other now-closed Logan Square spots like Parts & Labor, East Room and Bonny’s.

“He and I are — shall I just say — older, and it was time to pass it on to someone younger,” Desiree Grant said.

The new owners plan to open another restaurant in place of Boiler Room, which is located across the street from the California Blue Line station.

With the sale still pending, Desiree Grant wouldn’t say much about Boiler Room’s replacement, but she said the new owners plan to keep some of the restaurant’s traditions, and pizza will be “part of” the menu.

Boiler Room was a neighborhood staple, offering New York-style pizza in a casual environment. The restaurant’s neighborhood-famous PB&J special, which included a slice of pizza, a PBR tall boy and a shot of Jameson, which at one point cost just $7.50, was a big draw.

Desiree Grant said selling the business was partly a practical decision, as she moved to California four years ago, and her ex-husband also no longer lives in Chicago. But she said they’re also ready to move on and leave the restaurant industry behind after years of feeding Chicagoans.

The sale should be wrapped up later this month, she said.

“It’s hard, but it was time for us to let it go and let someone new with different eyes take the helm,” she said. “We want to thank [our customers] for their patronage all these years. They’ve been so devoted to us. We’ve had a wonderful, wonderful clientele, and it has been fun operating the business.”

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