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River North Cocktail Bar Tippling Hall Closes After Less Than A Year [Updated]

By Anthony Todd in Food on Oct 12, 2015 9:01PM

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The interior of Tippling Hall, via Facebook.
Well, that didn't take long. Tippling Hall, the River North cocktail bar and restaurant from the famed Tippling Brothers and Mercadito Hospitality, has closed less than a year after opening, according to Eater Chicago.

The cocktail bar got decent reviews when it first opened (including a nod from Chicago Magazine as Chicago's Best "All Purpose Bar") but was in a tough location, and according to a statement from the Tippling Brothers, didn't do all that well. In fact, they got out of the bar almost immediately, though it kept their name:

"We poured our hearts, souls and a fair amount of sweat and blood into the creation of a restaurant and bar that we hoped would endure for many years. However, due to financial issues within the company which were beyond our control, Tippling Bros. relinquished operational involvement immediately after its opening, and ultimately, any ownership stake."

Update, 7:30 a.m., 10/14/15: We got a formal statement from Mercadito Hospitality confirming the closing.

"The Chicago-based Mercadito Hospitality has announced the closure of Tippling Hall, a River North neighborhood gem, after a life span of a year.

'We are sad to close the doors on Tippling Hall,' said Alfredo Sandoval, managing partner of Mercadito Hospitality. 'We had high expectations but due to financial issues it was difficult for us to keep operations afloat.'"