What Algonquin Businesses Closed in 2011?
Here's a look back at 10 businesses that have closed their doors for business in Algonquin.
We're taking a look back on 2011 and we're saying goodbye to those local businesses that have locked their doors and stopped doing business in Algonquin. These businesses ranged from small local shops to large retailers, some fleeting while others left behind a lasting imprint.
Here's 10 businesses that closed in 2011:
1. Funky Things: It was a sad decision, but one that owner Becky Barrus needed to make if her store was going to keep up with the changing tide without being swept away. In September, Barrus announced that she would close her store's brick-and-mortar location, 2725 W. Algonquin Road, and move her business solely online via eBay.
3. Jimmy D's Neighborhood Inn: The bar on Algonquin's far West Side, located at 3965-67 W. Algonquin Road, closed its doors in August after police filed a complaint against the establishment for being in violation of the village's liquor license ordinance.
4. Borders: This bookstore chain was forced to close all its stores after declaring bankruptcy in July. Customers had months to buy books, magazines, CDs and other goods at steep discounts as the retailer tried to pay off creditors.
5. Barley House: In what came as a shock to many of its loyal customers, Barley House announced on its Facebook page in June that it had closed its doors. Niko’s Lodge, a Wasco-based restaurant, has leased the 8,824-square-foot space formerly occupied by Barley House, 1520 S. Randall Road, and is expected to open in 2012.
6. Bad Monkey Bar and Grill: In a similar fashion to how Barley House announced it was closing, the East Side Algonquin bar posted the news on its Facebook page just a couple of weeks after Barley House closed. According to the post, Bad Monkey thanked its workers and said it had closed, although it gave no reason.
7. The Creperie Normande: The restaurant, located in the Algonquin Commons, closed over with summer with no announcement made to the public. In September, when Patch wrote about its closing, its websites still listed the operating hours.
8. TeaGschwendner: The Algonquin Commons location shut down in February, but the Chicago-based store remains open.
9. Quiznos: Patch was unable to pinpoint the exact date Quiznos went out of business. It was located at 260 S. Randall Road, in the Stonegate Commons retail strip center near Caputo's. Bubs Subs opened in September and features fresh sandwich bread baked at the shop daily, Italian beef and premium deli meats, as well as homemade sauces, dressings, and salads.
10. Mel & Mars Italian Bistro: Located at 2761 W. Algonquin Road, near Caputo's, the bistro joined the list of Algonquin restaurants that no longer are open in May. Several business owners operating in the same shopping center as Mel and Mars Italian Bistro said they were sad to see the restaurant close its doors. Claudia Kendzior, owner of Morkes Chocolates, said she and her staff were frequent patrons.