Thursday, October 24, 2013

Joe's Chili Bowl at Citygarden to Close October 30

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge        A simple bowl of chili with cheddar cheese and onions from Joe's Chili Bowl. | Jennifer Silverberg
  •        A simple bowl of chili with cheddar cheese and onions from Joe's Chili Bowl. | Jennifer Silverberg

Gut Check has learned that Joe's Chili Bowl (808 Chestnut Street; 314-241-7070) will close Wednesday, October 30. The casual chili restaurant -- housed in the elegant glass and steel box perched on the edge of Citygarden -- was opened in April 2012 by the owners of The Pasta House. General manager Roxanne Williams tells Gut Check the decision to shutter the restaurant has been official for some time.

See also: Chili Reception: Is Joe's Chili Bowl upstaged by Citygarden's excellence?

It's the second restaurant to fail in what seems like a killer location -- Jim Fiala's Terrace View never caught on and closed in 2011 after two short years. When RFT reviewed Joe's Chili Bowl a few months after it opened, even we questioned if it lived up to Citygarden's awesomeness.

Citygarden spokesman Paul Wagman confirmed that Joe's Chili Bowl will no longer be leasing the space. Citygarden is currently in talks with potential operators to open a restaurant as early as May 1.

"I'm not able to comment on who we're talking to or what kind of concept we're looking for, but we continue to think it's a great space, and we're hoping the third time's the charm," says Wagman.

Co-owner Kim Tucci did not immediately return calls for comment. More as we learn it.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.


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