Susan Aldous, a staffer at the West Town Chamber of Commerce, said she was told by the Mexican restaurant's co-owner Susan Goss that Chicago Taco, which opened four days after West Town Tavern announced its closure at the same location, "was an intentional pop up."
As for what's next at the southwest corner of Throop Street and Chicago Avenue, the future is unclear, though a new graffiti-style mural went up on the restaurant's awning on Saturday, the same day as what became Chicago Taco's second and apparently final night.
"It was a surprise to everybody," said Yesenia Espinoza, assistant director of Noble Day Care at 1333 W. Chicago Ave.
Espinoza said Noble Day Care has worked with West Town Tavern on catering for events as well as dining at the restaurant on a semi-regular basis.
While a condominium above the restaurant has a contract pending with a new owner, an agent from Mario Greco Realty Group told DNAinfo.com Chicago that the first-floor restaurant space "is not part of the condo association."
In February, West Town Tavern's immediate neighbor, Scrafano Architects at 1331 W. Chicago Ave. relocated about 10 blocks east, to 357 W. Chicago Ave. due to the expansion of Noble Day Care.
Currently enjoying time off, Goss and her business partner and husband, Drew, told the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel on Thursday that they'd accepted a Friday night dinner invitation — a first in 30 years — and indicated that their time in Chicago might not be finished yet.