Cullen’s Bar & Grill is now closed

As of today, Cullen’s Bar & Grill is now officially closed.  Per The Mercury Theater:

“Hello from Mercury Theater Chicago, Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, announces the closing of Cullen’s Bar & Grill as of February 27th, 2015. An agreement was negotiated and signed allowing Cullen’s to extend their lease. The agreement included paying 5 months of past due rent. Cullen’s Bar and Grill did not pay the past due rent and the agreement was broken. Mercury Theater Chicago wishes to express their deep appreciation to Michael Cullen and Cullen’s Bar and Grill for the renovation and revitalization of this Southport institution. Mercury Theater Chicago will continue to honor the legacy of Michael Cullen by bringing people together in celebration of the performing and culinary arts.”

Cullen’s responded Friday afternoon on their Facebook page:

“Cullen’s family, we are trying to come to grips with this and will send out a response soon. For tonight stay warm and toast Cullen’s!”

You can read more about the closing of Cullen’s from the Chicago Tribune.

6 thoughts on “Cullen’s Bar & Grill is now closed”

  1. WALTER – YOU KNOW YOU'VE HAD PLENTY OF OFFERS FROM READY, WILLING & ABLE INVESTORS — YOU'VE TURNED THEM ALL DOWN. YOUR PUBLIC RESPONSE IS AS MUCH AS A JOKE AS YOUR PIANO BAR. YOU WON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT YOU'RE HOPING FOR FROM SOUTHPORT & YOU'LL SOON UNDERSTAND WHAT A FAILING BUSINESS REALLY IS.

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  2. I hate seeing this place go as much as the rest of you, but simple fact is the guy owns the property and can do what he pleases with it, regardless of the social media campaigns to pressure/force him to lease to the bar owner. If you can't live with that, you apparently can't live with property rights and ownership and should consider moving to Russia.

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  3. It's not what one does… it's how one chooses to do it. You couldn't wait for one last St Patricks Day, or at least a closing party at Cullens. By handling the closing in the way The Mercury Theater did, you took away the opportunity for us to say goodbye to all those wonderful employees, and a special place. I know that's something I won't soon forget. There are many good theater companies nearby. I know I won't be attending anymore plays at the Mercury, nor cross the threshold of any of the business's The Mercury owner would profit from. Now I'll repeat what I started with in this post… Some things are inevitable, it's not what you do… it's how you choose to do it.

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