Since its mid-1980s opening, Winberie’s Restaurant, at 151 N. Oak Park Ave., has served all-American fare to the people of Oak Park and its neighboring communities, but the window of opportunity to eat there is narrowing rapidly.
In a Dec. 5 press release, Select Restaurants Inc., which owns Winberie’s, announced the restaurant will cease operations Dec. 28.
“With the lease expiration in 2020, the company has decided to close the business at this time,” the press release stated.
Select Restaurants also expressed thanks in the press release, saying, “We would like to gratefully acknowledge the efforts of its dedicated staff and the loyal support of the many thousands of customers who have visited the restaurant over the years, and we look forward to serving our customers one last time over the next several weeks.”
The press release also stated that the Ohio-based restaurant group “will make every effort to assist its employees with future job placement.”
The restaurant group will honor gift certificates through the rest of December at Winberie’s and at any of its other establishments.
According to Winberie’s Executive Chef Ivy Grant, the restaurant will remain full-service until the end.
“I’m sad,” Grant said. “I’ve been here for 19 years. It is what it is.”
Out of those 19 years, she has worked as executive chef for the past two. Grant, who has worked for Select Restaurants for more than four decades, said she has enjoyed serving the area throughout her time at Winberie’s.
“I’m going to miss Oak Park,” she said. “The people of Oak Park – they make this restaurant what it is.”