One high profile 2017 opening is now a high profile closing. Prairie School, the ambitious Chicago project from PDT’s Jim Meehan, is slated for shuttering after only eight months. Statements from partners Heisler Hospitality and Meehan, himself, confirmed that the West Loop bar and it’s sister restaurant Regards to Edith will close at the end of the week.
“While there has been much success over the past eight months, it has not been without its challenges,” Heisler explained in a statement. “We are faced with the reality that the businesses are not sustainable.”
Prairie School aimed to fuse Frank Lloyd Wright’s midwestern aesthetics with Japanese sensibilities. The drinks list featured top-notch Japanese Whisky Highballs, simple cocktails, and lots of non-alcoholic drinks including a lauded tea program.
Meehan, always a class act, took to Instagram to praise his staff and partners, as well as accept any blame for “shortcomings.” He explained that the decision to abandon ship was “one that was level-headed and entirely financially driven.”
The bar star also took a moment to address some kind words for whomever may take over the space. “As the neighborhood grows around 326 N. Morgan Street, another bar operator will hopefully take this space and find great success here. I wish them my very best,” he wrote.