On the identical day Chicago announced the city would as soon as once more shut down bars within the face of rising COVID-19 instances, one of many North Aspect’s most storied taverns notified the general public it was closing completely. Guthries Tavern, a Wrigleyville fixture for 34 years, could have its final name on Thursday at 1300 W. Addison Road.
Possession, via a Facebook post shared Monday evening, wrote “with the brand new restrictions set at present for bars and the continuing COVID restrictions, we don’t see a means we will survive.” The bar, positioned a brief stroll west of Wrigley Field, served as an oasis from the standard Wrigleyville sports activities and get together bar ambiance alongside Clark Road. Bartenders poured craft beer, clients engaged in dialog, and buddies performed one of many many board video games in tavern’s sport library. The uniquely embellished ceilings, lined with native artwork and photographs, would additionally usually set off dialogue.
Guthries had reopened on July 8. Possession cautiously waited; town allowed bars to reopen on June 17, however many selected to sit down out this reopening spherical. The state compelled all bars to close down in mid-March. Bars that reactivated will as soon as once more droop indoor service on Friday. The town dangled the carrot of outside service being allowed however that gives little reduction. The town doesn’t difficulty sidewalk patio permits to taverns. Solely eating places — venues which serve meals (town defines taverns as locations that solely promote booze) — have patios in Chicago. The town additionally on Monday rolled again the utmost variety of individuals in a bunch that may be served at a restaurant or bar. It’s gone from 10 to 6 individuals.
Many bar homeowners really feel used as scapegoats for the rising novel coronavirus instances. Eating places stay unaffected by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s order and might proceed to serve alcohol indoors. Illinois Restaurant Affiliation CEO and President Sam Toia tells the Sun-Times that he worries the might find yourself like LA, Miami, and Phoenix. These cites have suspended indoor eating after COVID-19 instances elevated. If the federal government returns eating places to lockdown, Toia says it might “the dying of the hospitality trade within the metropolis of Chicago.”
The influential Chicago Bars Twitter account (run by a bar proprietor who consults for taverns) needs Lightfoot and town to take duty for Guthries’s shutter, writing the bar was killed by Monday’s restrictions: “This morning’s PR stunt isn’t with out penalties.” There’s fear the “retightening” will open the floodgates to extra closures. Chicago Bars additionally issued a bitter invitation to Lightfoot, asking the mayor to have a farewell drink collectively on the bar on the bar’s ultimate day Thursday. Final week, health experts and Lightfoot said the closures were a possibility. They pointed at studies of overcrowded bars patronized by irresponsible clients and homeowners who ignored social distance guidelines.
Even throughout the busiest summer time nights in Wrigleyville, Guthries by no means approached that sort of untamed ambiance. The bar confronted challenges. It’s laborious to supply communal board video games throughout a pandemic — how do you sanitize them? Guthries carried out a BYO sport coverage. Earlier this summer time, in a since-deleted social media put up, followers anxious about Guthries’ future after the bar started freely giving its video games. It’s additionally a bar that’s conducive to sticking round and catching up with buddies. These are among the many locations well being specialists are anxious about, as they warn potential clients to not loiter. The town had put in a two-hour restrict for purchasers at bars. Some tavern homeowners have elected to implement shorter durations.
The bar was named for J.B. Guthrie, a big-shot Lakeview developer who made his strikes within the neighborhood within the late 19th Century. The tavern constructing, which sits on the nook of Lakewood and Addison, has a historical past as a bar that dates again to 1933. Followers now have three days to say farewells to Guthries all with a darkish cloud hanging over them that the pandemic will quickly pressure them to bid adieu to a different favourite ingesting gap.