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Brasserie JO Closing Sunday Saturday

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 26, 2010 9:00PM

2010_08_brasserie_JO_4.jpg Time flies in a couple of months. It was in early July when news broke of Brasserie JO closing at the end of August. Well, the end of August is here. Brasserie JO closes Sunday Saturday after 15 years of business. Chef Jean Joho is working with HUB 51 (and Lettuce Entertain You scions) RJ and Jerrod Melman to create a "casual and funky" neighborhood French restaurant in its place.

Brasserie JO (and former TRU) Executive Chef Tim Graham is on board for the new concept, developing a menu of "approachable" French food along with Joho, L.A.-based chef Walter Manzke and French Laundry veteran Doug Psaltis.

Fifteen years is a long time to run a restaurant, especially in a city like Chicago. Here's hoping Joho, the Melman boys and their team keep a lot of tap beers on hand. In recent years, Brasserie JO developed a reputation as one of the more underrated beer bars in the city under the guidance of Erin Phillips.