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Andersonville’s Hopleaf To Temporarily Close until It Is Safe To Reopen

Photo: Hopleaf FB Page

Andersonville’s well-known Hopleaf bar and restaurant at 5148 N. Clark has announced that they will temporarily close and reopen when the city of Chicago says it is safe to do so.

The statement appeared on the business’ Facebook page last week. Hopleaf management said that restrictions on indoor dining, the new stay at home recommendation from health experts, and winter weather putting a halt to outdoor seating were all factors.

They also explained that one of their employees tested positive recently for Covid. That revelation was just another reason that the owners felt it was “not prudent or wise” to remain open at the present time. However, they did make clear that they will not be permanently shuttered.

“The best way to help us to reopen soon is to stay safe, wear a mask and avoid gatherings,” said Hopleaf management. “The quicker that we deny opportunities to this dastardly virus, the quicker we can all get back to the things we’d rather be doing.”

In a Block Club story, Hopleaf owner Micheal Roper said that they have nearly $25,000 in fixed costs each month. Most of it is mortgage payments which have already been deferred or reduced by two-thirds.

“Trying to be open with this little trickle of business is just too hard,” Roper said. “The numbers work out better to sort of mothball the place.”

Roper added that they will reopen once restrictions allow a seating capacity of at least 25%. He feels that the businesses that are able to weather the pandemic’s storm will eventually see the rewards.

 


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