Longstanding watering hole to close.
Famous Pub, a Toco Hills landmark, will close later this month after 30 years in business. I first got word of the planned closure late last week with the news officially confirmed yesterday on the restaurant's official Facebook page:
"Toco Hills Dear Customers, We want to inform you that Famous Pub is closing after 30 years. Thank you for every single day that you spent at our pub. Because of your love and support, our pub was neighborhood's favorite one during years. Thank you for letting us be part of your lives for so many years! We will have Blow out parties on 17th and 18th of December and you all are invited! Thank you all for the experiences that we've had with you!"
The restaurant will have two parties on the 17th and 18th and close for a few days before reopening for one final "Club Famous" event the night of the 23rd. Club Famous is the restaurant's event space in the back of Famous Pub.
Famous Pub, which opened in 1986, is among the longest tenured of the current tenants at Toco Hills shopping center. Its closure comes on the heels of the closure of Shoe Center and the upcoming relocation of Petite Auberge.
Unlike Petite Auberge, there are reportedly no plans to reopen Famous Pub in another location once they close at Toco Hills.
Well placed local sources indicate that there is a significant chance that other longstanding tenants such as Maggie's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Bagel Palace & Deli and the Department of Labor may be forced to relocate amidst skyrocketing rents, which have reportedly tripled in the months following Edens' acquisition of the center. At 20,000 square feet, the DOL represents the largest single tenant likely to close. Its space, between
Maggie's Famous Pub and Petite Auberge, is likely to be divided into smaller shop and restaurant spaces.
Edens, which claims to be "Devoted to Local Neighborhoods," has riled many in the Toco Hills community with what many see as a cookie cutter-ization of the popular community center.
What are your thoughts on the current status of Toco Hills? Are you sad to see places like Famous and Petite Auberge close? If the DOL is forced to relocate, what would you like to see take its place?
Please share your thoughts below.