It is a day to announce closures, I suppose. We learned today that Good Eats on Oak Lawn lost its lease. The shopping area where Good Eats is located is being redeveloped by owners Lincoln Properties. Good Eats was a mainstay for 22 years, and will be missed by the neighborhood. The restaurant closes for good on July 17th.
Jump on for the press release which explains the debacle.
It’s been a legend, a landmark and a popular neighborhood gathering spot in Oak Lawn since 1992, but the hours are counting down for Good Eats. The popular dining spot located in Turtle Creek Village will close July 17, says John D. Harkey, Jr., chief executive officer of parent company Consolidated Restaurant Operations (CRO).
“We’re disappointed to close the doors at Good Eats. First and foremost, we want to thank the Oak Lawn community for supporting the restaurant all these years,” said Harkey. “Since it opened on April first 22 years ago we’ve fed countless diners, provided hundreds of jobs and generated more than $35 million in sales. But, our landlord has refused to renew our lease.”
Lincoln Property Company, which owns Turtle Creek Village, is redeveloping the center and plans to put retail in the space currently occupied by Good Eats.
CRO also operates Lucky’s on Oak Lawn near Lemmon. Harkey said that best-selling dishes from Good Eats will be available for dine-in or take-out at Lucky’s. Good Eats Catering will continue to operate, and patrons who have Good Eats Frequent Diner cards can use them at Lucky’s.
In the meantime, CRO is looking for a new spot for Good Eats in the Oak Lawn area, but it’s a challenge to find a location that has convenient parking, Harkey said.
Long-time Good Eats management and team members will be transferred to other CRO restaurants, which include El Chico, Cantina Laredo, III Forks, Cool River Cafe and Silver Fox Steakhouse.