They're dropping like flies
a favorite restaurant is suddenly shuttered
03/24/2011 4:36 PM
It's not enough that Opera and Grace O'Malley's are gone from the Wabash foodie strip just south of Roosevelt--and so close to home. Suddenly, Gioco (Opera's sibling) got shut down for not paying its state taxes.
Is this the economy talking? Bad management? A loss of interest in the kind of food served in these places? Too 2000s? Is this new decade simply about glorified bar food, charcuterie and wings? I hope not. I sure hope Gioco pays its taxes and reopens quickly; and I hope the former Grace O'Malley's and the former Opera soon reopen with good food and to big crowds--in whatever way they want to do it.
By the way, Restaurateur Jerry Kleiner, who owns Opera and Gioco, among other restaurants, is also selling his exceedingly fancy home in a converted garage on West Ohio Street for a little less than $3 million.