NOBLE SQUARE — The celebrated butcher shop Butcher & Larder reopened Friday following "issues" with the city, its owner said.
"This license is on the wall and the bills are paid," owner Rob Levitt said via email. "We are legit."
Butcher & Larder, 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave., closed Thursday due to "issues with the good city of Chicago," the shop said on its Facebook page.
A bright yellow "Business Closed by Order of City of Chicago" dated Oct. 30 hung in the store's window.
City officials said Butcher & Larder was shut down because it didn't have a business license. The butcher shop passed a health inspection, but had outstanding debt with the city — which could have come from unpaid parking tickets or expenses related to Mado, a closed venture from the Butcher & Larder owners.
David Staudacher, a city spokesman, said Chicago could not license Butcher & Larder until all debt was paid.
On Friday, Levitt said he had resolved the issue and Butcher & Larder reopened at noon.
"I don't have much left to say except that the support from the press and especially from our customers and our community has been overwhelming," Levitt said. "We can't say enough 'thank you's!'"
Levitt called the situation "unfortunate" and said it was related to "some old business that I thought was taken care of."
He declined to comment further.