It's been a 19-year run for Marion Street Grille, 189 N. Marion St., but owner Terry Thulis says he's closing up shop in early August.
Thulis said in a telephone interview Monday that the restaurant, which specializes in steaks, chops and seafood, has had a good run but never fully recovered from the economic downturn of past years.
"Sales have been soft ever since the economy failed," he said. "They say there is an economic recovery, but it has not reached Marion Street yet."
He said that about 10 years ago town houses were built on the parking lot across the street from his business, making it harder for customers to come to the restaurant. Intermittent streetscaping projects over the years also made it difficult to reach the restaurant, Thulis said.
Revenue also took a hit from new restaurants coming to the village over the years, he said.
"There were eight restaurants in downtown when I started (in 1995) now there are 30," he said.
The restaurant was featured on the popular restaurant review show "Check, Please!" on WTTW in 2012.
Thulis said in a news release that he plans to "take a break and move on" and plans to spend more time with his partner, Diana Ostreko, owner of Ostreko Massage Therapy, 1024 North Blvd.
"I want to thank the Oak Park community and Marion Street Grille staff, as well as our loyal, regular customers since 1995," Thulis said in a news release.
He sent out a special thanks to Marion Street Grille regulars George Wendt, John Mahoney and Eric Anderson, who have supported the restaurant for years.
Thulis encouraged those with gift certificates to use them before the restaurant closes on Aug. 9
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