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.

marilyn December 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
This is why some of us get frustrated with the media that report the 'recovering' economy and how htings are 'better' since the 'election'. It's no that people are 'tightening their purse straps', it's that there isn't anything there to spend. There isn't a choice, when you can get groceries versus eating out. Or there is hardly enough to have your kids in clothes that fit. so now, all these busninesses are closing, meaning those people will not have the means to spend money on other businesses, etc etc. People got all excited when houses began to sell, but look at the numbers--they aren't being sold, they are being given away. Which lowers everyones' home values, and the cycle continues. I know some people have to sell, but others just sell because they want to, sell for less than they bought 15 years ago, and the values in the entire neighborhood plummet. It's just so messed up.
Softball Jim December 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
If you want an honest opinion. Mitch's has not been the same since the original owners left. They were a big part of the success of that business. Nobody went there for a big meal. It was and should have stayed a hot dog and burger joint. With the original owners gone, the service staff lacked a personality. Yes money has become tight, but there is more to it. It is hard for a first time business man to run a restruant. Just an FYI the piggly wiggly is opening back up as previously reported, The last chance will be better when it opens again next year, and Entwined Floral is opening a smaller more scaled down shop on center street under a new name . So while some businesses are closing this is not all doom and gloom. Some of it is the economy, some of it is opportunities, and some is skill.
PackerMike December 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I totally agree with Softball Jim that Mitch's has not been the same since Laura left. We would go there quite often after baseball, basketball and football or just for a night out for a quick bite. We tried going back with the new owners but were treated very rudely by the new owner when we tried to use a gift certificate that had been given to us. We never went back after that...
Brad Faxton December 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Oh brother, here we go again. Like Softball Jim said, the original owners of Mitches are no longer with the place. Also, if you haven't heard, there is a FAR better place in grayslake - Bulldogs. Nearly every day, rain or shine, there is a line out the door. They serve freshly ground, never frozen burgers. Fresh cut fries. Outstanding toppings and more. Bulldogs is the reason mitches closed. You drive by the place and at nearly every hour of the day, the place is empty. Empty. so, keep up your absurd rant about taxes or that you didn't get to vote for your levy (yes, you lack any understanding on how things work) skip down to Bulldogs and fill your belly with truly awesome food. Mitches will not be missed.
Brad Faxton December 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
LMJ December 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
There's always an excuse... always a excuse about how a business wasn't worth it,an excuse about it is just life, an excuse about how this doesn't reflect about how expensive it is to live in this area. So how many businesses and people moving out of this area does it take until you think there is something REALLY wrong? Same stupid heartless comments as always on here, Brad. Yet, you have made sure that we are the bad guys? Incredible.
Beth December 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
We stopped going - NOT because of the economy! We stopped going because the woman (girl) who worked the front register was rude and not customer friendly. We have a choice of where to go, and we chose Sammy's where at least the people working there smile.
Softball Jim December 18, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Oh Lisa there you go again. I choose to be a little more optimistic about my life. I know things are not completely rosey i just chose not to blame everyone else for my failures. My family will miss Mitch's, it used to be by families favorite place to go, but they now like buffalo wild wings and Emils. We are not big Bulldogs fans but are looking forward to the new restraunt at the chance. Lake County was at one time listed in the top 10 most affluent places in the country. 4th i think. So yes it is expensive to live here. Nothing you can do about it either.
Christine Jolley Hill December 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I agree that most of these places that are closing blame the economy when they should be blaiming themselves. I do like Mitch's, but I've only been there twice. Mostly just because the location is kind of inconvenient. I went to Entwined once and had the most HORRIBLE experience ever & Lewis saved our event. I usually went to Bill's over Pat's for pizza, mostly just because it is a little closer and they have a nice bar. And while I'm not the biggest fan of Emil's, I'm sure that was the nail in Last Chance's coffin. We all have choices, and if there are places with better food or better service or better locations, then that is the problem - not the economy.
Brad Faxton December 18, 2012 at 08:50 PM
The food stinks, the service is awful and the location is a joke. You ***TRULY*** believe that this biz is ***RELOCATING*** to a better town? No - they are bust due to... well, the 3 reasons earlier. I won't be a complete smartie pants and reiterate them again in this paragraph. Why did this biz fail? Oh I don't know...
Monica Anderson December 18, 2012 at 08:51 PM
My family and I have always liked Mitch's. Both old owner Mitch's and new owner Mitch's. We're sad to see it go. If you're not sad to see it go, have some decency and keep it to yourself. At least for a respectable amount of time. One of your neighbors (for those that live in Grayslake) is losing his business! What kind of people make disparaging comments at a time like that?!
LMJ December 18, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thank you. My thoughts exactly. Mitch had a fundraiser for a dear friend of ours and donated food to another one. They were in every sense of the season, living the spirit of Christmas all year around. People are heartless, especially a few on here. I hope everyone finds a job quickly, from Mitch's. God bless.
Pam Navarre December 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I choose to spend my money where you get good food and great service and the owners treat you well well. This guy was rude and not very customer focused.
Brad Faxton December 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I like good places to eat - when there is a staggering change in the quality and environment, things happen - like all of the customers leave. How on earth can you possibly say that it would be a good thing to have a business continue to loose $ every month & have absolutely no customers and be in a lousy location be a positive? The old Mitches was good, the to-be-closing one is not. Heartless or not, a business is a business. Keep the customers happy and returning, you will be successful.
Softball Jim December 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Brad, Tone it down, try and have a little respect for the owner. He did try and make a go at it. Which is something, I have never had the guts to do. I have wanted to own my own steak joint for years, just do not have the cash, time or the guts to put out there. It is a hard buisness. The location is not as horrible as you make it to be. It is on a very busy street. When it first opened in town, Emil's, Bulldogs and Big Jacks did not exist. They were the place to go. Family Friendly and clean (can's say clean about Sammies, but you go there for the food). So while it is disappointing that it has failed. Your hatred towards LMJ and Lennie, has no place in this conversation. You are being too harsh.
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 (Editor) 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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