In 2015, NYC hospitality heavyweight Danny Meyer teamed up with celebrated craft cocktail bar, The Dead Rabbit to open Chicago restaurant, GreenRiver. Despite critical kudos and a Michelin star, the establishment announced that they will be closing yesterday.
“We have made the difficult decision to close GreenRiver. Since opening in 2015, we have been tremendously proud of everything the GreenRiver team has accomplished, from developing an ambitious and innovative cocktail program, to earning one Michelin Star and a three star review in the Chicago Tribune,” read a statement on GR’s Facebook page. “We are grateful to our neighbors in Streeterville and the greater Chicago community for welcoming us so warmly. Our top priority is our team members, and we are now actively involved in discussions about how best to support their career advancement during this transition.”
Despite excellent food from chef Aaron Lirette, the warning signs about GreenRiver have trickled out for some time. A few months ago, The Dead Rabbit concluded their involvement. In October, the restaurant’s second bar, Annex, was shuttered and converted into a private event space.
No reason was given for the closing, but savvy sippers have long speculated about the feasibility of the venue’s Streeterville location. GreenRiver guests had to make their way into the Northwestern Medicine’s Lavin Family Pavilion, a medieval office building, and then ride an elevator to the 18th floor. Several critics wondered if the unusual locale discouraged guests.
The eatery’s last night is slated for January 24.