Old Chicago's Minnetonka Location Will Close Sept. 14
Staff say they were shocked to learn of the news.
The Old Chicago location in Minnetonka at the intersection of Hwy. 7 and Co. Rd. 101 will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.
The restaurant will close after 16 years of business.
The landlord decided not to renew Old Chicago's lease, but Kitchen Manager Scott Pashina said he couldn't explain why. "That I cannot say, because I do not know," he said. "I'm not at liberty to say."
Many of the 40 staff members will be transferring to other Old Chicago locations, primarily in Eden Prairie and Plymouth.
"We have made some great friends over the years, and we are hopeful that you will continue to think of Old Chicago when you are in the vicinity of one of our other locations," staff wrote on Old Chicago's Minnetonka web page.
As for what will take Old Chicago's place, a source said staff are being told Wild Bill's has begun preparations to take over the building.
However, Hurricane Grill & Wings announced it will be taking the spot. With the first Minnesota location opening in Burnsville in October, the island-infused menu and beach themed, family-friendly atmosphere will also be coming to Minnetonka in February.
Hurricane Grill & Wings, whose trademark is "Live with Flavor," is known for its uniquely savory chicken wings, offered in five categories with a choice of more than 32 signature sauces. Other menu options range from salads to Certified Angus Burgers and Grilled Mahi-Mahi along with a full line-up of craft beers and wine.