Mitch's Chicago Style Grill Closing Dec. 23

Better get your Mitch's fix soon because it's closing on Dec. 23.

A popular Grayslake eatery known for its Chicago style dogs, sports memorabilia, video arcade and countless community fundraisers will close its doors Dec. 23.

The following message was posted on the Facebook page of Mitch's Chicago Style Grill Saturday:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mitch's will be closing 12/23. Come by while supplies of your favorite foods last. We also have a few T-shirts and Challenge T-Shirts available for sale - get yours for posterity.

Thank you for your years of patronage. We have made many new friends and have enjoyed being a part of many family celebrations. We are proud to have supported over 50 community organizations in the past year alone.

We hope to see you to personally thank you as we say goodbye to Mitch's.

Mitch's first opened in July 2004. Landy, who also serves as a Grayslake Library trustee, took over the business in Oct. 2010 with chef Dan Sheahan, who Landy said left 18 months ago.

"Business has been terrible," said Landy. "People have tightened up their purse straps and aren't eating out as much. I haven't had the ability to take a paycheck in 27 months."

Landy said he now needs to find employment with someone who can give him a regular paycheck.

In the summer of 2011, said Landy, there would easily be 50 to 60 Little Leaguers at Mitch's on a Saturday after their game. This past summer, he said, they'd be lucky to see five or six.

"It's hard to get people to do anything after the game," said Landy.

Mitch's is just the latest Grayslake business to close. It joins Piggy Wiggly, Last Chance Saloon (which was purchased by Emil's and will become a new restuarant), Entwined Floral and Pat's Pizza, among others.

Hot Spot

Mitch's was a hot spot for post-game celebrations, school fundraisers and charitable events such as Toys for Tots. This year, Mitch's came in third for "Best Hot Dog" in Patch's Readers' Choice.

Upon Mitch's Facebook announcement, loyal customers expressed their disappointment that yet another Grayslake business was closing:

Very sad to learn of this. Scott, you and Mitch's have been wonderful to Grayslake. Thank you for all you've done for the Grayslake Oasis and our veterans especially. Wishing you wonderful future challenges and successes.—Joyce Campbell.

Thanks for all the support you have given the community. We really enjoyed bringing our family to your restaurant. We will have fond memories for years to come.—Kris Hyde Young

Hoping I am reading this wrong and you don't mean for good..will you be re-opening somewhere else? Although I don't get there often, my experiences there have always been good..good food and a great staff..—Kathy Henning Hill

Sad to see another local favorite close. Good luck in the future.—Heather Miller Brown

Landy said Mitch's, located at 116 S. Route 83, will be open until 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, "or until the food runs out," whichever comes first.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

GL Resident December 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM
To the owners (past and present) of Mitches: Thank you for many years of wonderful family moments; winning that prized stuffed animal in the claw machine, daughter's first try at driving a video car, looking at all the past Grayslake glories on the wall and swapping stories of the day's new glories on the field, free ice cream cone deserts, Laura's dad buzzing the tables, the list goes on. My family will miss the experience but not the memories. Thank you and good luck!
Angela Sykora December 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Well said Monica. Regardless of the reasons behind any business closing, the people who own and operate small businesses are often members of our community. Everyone is obviously entitled to their opinions and criticisms, but why kick a neighbor when they're down? A little tact goes a long way because someone else's misfortune today could be yours tomorrow.
Brad Faxton December 19, 2012 at 09:37 AM
TK December 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I moved to Grayslake a little over a year ago. Mitch's is one of the first restaurants I experienced in the area. I was impressed on my first visit when Scott walked up to my table, introduced himself and asked if everything was good and if we needed anything. I ate there about once a week and he was always there helping to cook, out on the floor greeting customers or at the register taking orders. This is a man who was dedicated to his business and it showed. Whether I was dining in or there for take out, the food was always fresh and delicious. I am so sad to see this restaurant go, and I wish nothing but the best and well deserved future success to Scott and his staff.
S Z December 20, 2012 at 08:36 AM
My family has loved Mitch’s since the day it opened. Just now, when I shared the news, my daughter said, “Oh, no!” as if she’d lost a friend. Mitch’s food was always great—including the burger I had tonight. I have a holiday story to share, about Dan. Our entire family was sick, and we had gradually healed enough to want to eat, but we were all too weak and wobbly to even heat some soup. I called Mitch’s, and Dan answered the phone. (We didn’t know he was Dan, nor who Dan was then.) First I asked if they delivered, and he said no, and asked what we wanted. I explained our situation, and what we wanted more than anything was chicken soup. He laughed and told me chicken noodle soup was the special, and he’d be happy to deliver it! Did I mention the snow and sleet was falling, fast and furious? Our Reindeer Dan, Delivery Man brought fantastic soup, and a lot of cheery attitude. He introduced himself, we assured him we loved coming to the restaurant, and he wished us a hearty heigh-ho and goodnight! We went in to say thanks as soon as we were all up for it, but he wasn’t in. Truthfully, we never knew there was a change in ownership. We never felt/saw/tasted any difference whatsoever. This is hard to do this time of year, but we’ve pledged to bring as many people as possible to Mitch’s before closing Sunday. After that, we wish you blessings in your future, as you have blessed so many in our community these past years. Sheri Z, Grayslake


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