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Worst Food News Of The Month: West Loop's Vera Is Closing

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jul 19, 2017 9:27PM

A dish at Vera. Photo via Facebook.

In what is probably the saddest piece of restaurant news in 2017 thus far, Vera, the awesome Spanish restaurant in the West Loop, announced that it is closing at the end of the month.

The restaurant announced the closing on Facebook.

Friends, the day has come to say goodbye. Vera will be closing and our last day of service will be Saturday, July 29th. Six years have flown by, we remember sitting in our restaurant for the first time so eager, so excited, so anxious to see who would come to our little wine bar. We would never have guessed how many wonderful people would come to eat, drink good wine, and celebrate with us. We've seen anniversaries, birthdays, rehearsal dinners, first dates, family get togethers, and met so many people that have become like family. To our regulars who kept us open these six years, there are no words to express our gratitude for dining with us. We will miss the hugs, the smiles, the laughter, which gave Vera its soul. But quite simply we want to move on, to paraphrase another restaurateur, we want to sleep when we are tired and we want to eat when we are hungry. Sometimes living a rich, full life means letting go of something you love. Our quality of life has become more important to us over the years, so we have made this difficult decision to close Vera.

Vera was one of those special restaurants that made you feel super great when you were inside it. Owners Liz and Mark Mendez, restaurant industry vets and hospitality pros, did an incredible job of creating a lively, comfortable environment that also had an incredible menu and wine program. It was one of those places food writers always went together, because we loved it so much - and always ranted about when Michelin and other awards neglected it. It was high on my list of places I spent my own money.

The restaurant will be open until July 29, so make reservations now.