West Town bar and restaurant Leopold will close March 30 after a two-year run, co-owner Christy Agee announced this morning. A new owner (unnamed at this point) will close the restaurant space at 1450 W. Chicago to redecorate and launch a new concept later this spring or summer. Agee, who with her husband Don owns Lincoln Avenue's Witt's, opened Leopold just before New Year's 2011 as a Belgian-themed restaurant, focused on beer and wine-compatible food with a loosely northern European feel (ranging as far from Belgium as pierogi). (We chronicled the opening process for the Reader in an article and video then.) Opening chef Jeffrey Hedin left to join Girl & the Goat last summer, and his replacement, Michael Dean Reynolds, formerly of The Gage and Henri, evolved the menu further toward more approachable continental food, but despite being well-regarded throughout Leopold never fully caught on as a destination spot. This marks the second closing of a European-themed restaurant at the end of this month after the announcement last week that Maison Brasserie would close on the same day.
Most Viewed Stories
As Promised, Donald Trump’s People Have Sued Chef José Andrés for $10 Million
Now the Owner of Jimmy John’s Is Under Fire for Big-Game Hunting
Wylie Dufresne Will Close Alder at the End of the Month
A Customer Claims In-N-Out Served Him Meth in His Drink
14 New Tartares That Prove Beef Is Still King