Over the past few months, dozens of Chicago restaurants have been forced to call it quits due to the financial and physical strains of COVID-19. Today, Loop food hall Wells Street Market announced that it will close its doors for good after service on Friday, September 18.
Throughout its two-plus years in business, Wells Street Market hosted vendors like Firecakes, Piggie Smalls, Tempesta Market, Furious Spoon, FARE and Pork & Mindy's. After being forced to temporarily shutter when the pandemic hit, the food hall reopened its doors in early July with limited indoor seating and online ordering and pickup from four of its kitchens. But with many Chicagoans working remotely for the foreseeable future, the Loop doesn't see as much foot traffic as it once did.
As a final farewell, Wells Street Market will offer several specials between now and Friday, September 18. Grand Central Bar will be open from noon to 7pm daily with drink deals and wholesale prices on unopened bottles of liquor and spirits. Fried chicken specialists Fry the Coop will be handing out free meals on Friday, September 18 from 11am to 3pm, offering sandwiches, fries and drinks at no cost.
Management remains hopeful that one day they might be able to resurrect their once-successful food hall concept. "It is still unclear what the future will hold for the Wells Street Market, but we hope for the possibility of reopening one day when life goes back to some sense of normalcy," the press release reads.
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