Butcher & Larder Temporarily Shut Down By City

By Anthony Todd in Food on Oct 31, 2013 3:40PM

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Photo by John Crouch.

In tragic meat news, The Butcher & Larder, one of Chicago's pioneering locavore butchers, has been temporarily shut down by the city. Apparently, they owe the city some money and that's causing trouble with their license.

DNA Chicago reports that city shut down the butcher shop yesterday because they didn't have a valid business license. It's important to note that this is not a health department shutdown - they didn't have any bugs in the kitchen. This is a financial/licensing issue. A spokesman for the city told DNA that B&L "never had a business license there" and that they owe the city money.

Butcher & Larder posted this to their Facebook Page last night:

Hey folks. We're having some "issues" with the good city of Chicago. Nothing too serious, but we're going to be closed for a day or 2. We appreciate your patience and will be back slinging sausages before you know it!

Owner Rob Levitt told us "We're working hard to get the pieces in place and get back open asap." Here's hoping this gets straightened out in a few days.