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Randolph Street Mainstay Vivo Is Now Closed

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jul 5, 2016 3:16PM

The interior of Vivo. Photo via Facebook.

Randolph Street hasn't always been "Restaurant Row." Originally a meat and produce supply district, the Randolph Street transformation began in the early '90s and continues, with the fancy restaurant train marching ever westward. But one of the pioneers of that transformation closed over the weekend.

Vivo opened in 1991, and brought upscale Italian (and a very popular private dining facility) to the then-quiet neighborhood. But all things come to an end, and the Tribune reports that Vivo has closed for business as of July 3. It will be replaced with a pop-up called Nosh and Booze.

We'll miss this mainstay. While it never shot off any culinary fireworks, it was a respectable spot with a romantic atmosphere and a calmer vibe than many of the crazed spots further down the street.

However, someone needs to tell their social media person that the restaurant is closed. On July 4, a day after the restaurant closed for good, someone running their twitter feed sent out a message that they'd be closed for the fourth of July to give their staff a break. The staff is going to have a much longer break than that.