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Bar Louie is gone

I thought this was kind of funny. On page B1 of the Journal Star Thursday, December 30, there’s this little blurb:

What’s up with Bar Louie?

Blogger and entertainment editor Danielle Hatch is still trying to find out details on why there’s a closed sign on the door at the Bar Louie restaurant a the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. If you know more, join the conversation online.

So I go online and just type “Bar Louie Peoria” into Google. WEEK’s site pops up, where this story is posted with a date of Wednesday, December 29:

The General Manager at the Shoppes, Dawn Shipman says Bar Louie has closed “as a normal course of business.”

Bar Louie’s lease at the Shoppes has expired and closed immediately.

Mystery solved! Can someone from WEEK drop the Journal Star a line letting them know what’s going on over there at the Shoppes? They’re looking for details….

9 comments to Bar Louie is gone

  • now an outsider

    Wow Im shocked this place stayed open as long as it did. The food has always been overpriced and sub par. I remember three years ago a corporate chef and manager from Bar Louie would come into the place I tended bar at and talk about how they had been sent by the company to turn the place around……

    I am still somewhat shocked that Grand Prairie has not worked being the amount of money etc concentrated up there. It seems to go against logic…..

  • No comment on the business closing. Restaurants have short life spans, and I don’t get worked up over trendy mall-based places shutting their doors. I assume the investors were get tax write offs.

    But I find the who whole PJS/WEEK thing sad and humorous. Back in the day a newspaper staff would feel shame and humiliation at being beaten by TV or radio. Now, it’s like they don’t even worry about it enough to watch the news.

  • You mean to say that the main stream media is not some widespread conspiracy and they are not all in cahoots with each other?

  • charlie: That would kill Fox News.

  • aaron

    It is troubling that Bar Louie joins Old Chicago (downtown) in closing.

  • New Voice

    Bar Louie!?!?


    They closed the damned pretzel place down!!

    What the hell!! Buying a book at Borders, then grabbing a pretzel and a drink, while sitting outside made the trip to the mall worthwhile. Now…? How in the hell can a mall NOT have a pretzel joint!?!?

  • Paul Wilkinson

    Marshall’s is closing, Carbon closed. the list grows and grows.

  • Dennis in Peoria

    Paul, Carbon closed not necessarily due to lack of business, but the owner was ‘done’ with running a nightclub for now. That’s according
    to the Peoria Journal Star article. But who knows. At least he turned that area around, cleaned it up, no reported police problems there.

  • Paul Wilkinson

    regardless of why Carbon closed, it is another business gone and more unemployed workers. adding another problem piece to our economic issues. I haven’t talked to Brandon to see why he closed.