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Thanks for the Memories - Restaurants That Closed in 2010

By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 9, 2010 6:40PM

Tizi Melloul is one of the departed restaurants that we miss.
2010 has been a mixed year for Chicago restaurants. Despite some notable openings, the recession continues to take its toll as restaurants have fewer dining dollars to compete for. Metromix has put together a gallery of many of the restaurants that have closed in 2010, and it brought a tear to our eyes. So naturally, we decided to share it with our readers - either out of a sense of nostalgia or of sadism.

It must be said that some closings do not provoke much emotion. Eivissa, the Old Town tapas experiment, didn't measure up to expectations, despite a great chef and a wonderful design. Dirty Martini, which Metromix identifies as "the only bar in Chicago with vodka on tap" probably won't be missed by too many, and we were seemingly the only people in town who liked 44th Ward Dinner Party and their grilled-cheese-centric menu.

But some great Chicago stalwarts also closed their doors. Tizi Melloul, a relaxed, hip joint with one of the best party rooms in the city, gave up the ghost this year less than 3 months after we reviewed it! Brasserie Jo is being repurposed into a younger, hipper spot for french food, and we will miss May Street Market, the site of many a celebration dinner.

There are 37 restaurants on the list - go and relive some memories. Are there any other places that closed in 2010 that deserve a mention?