LINCOLN PARK — The award-winning burger shop, Edzo's, served its last burgers in Lincoln Park Sunday.
The restaurant lasted just under two years at 2218 N. Lincoln Ave.
The owner of Edzo's Burger Shop, Eddie Lakin, cited a lack of traffic as the reason for closing.
"We just weren't making our rent basically," Lakin said. "I kind of held on for a while hoping it would turn around."
Edzo's original location in Evanston has been in the black since it opened, and had been helping keep the Lincoln Park shop afloat, according to Lakin.
Paul Biasco says the nearby hospital's closing has contributed to a few empty storefronts in the area:
"I was just kind of trying to stay positive and say it will turn around soon, it will turn around soon and at some point I was crunching numbers and looking at challenges and was like why am I beating my head against the wall here?" Lakin said.
Edzo's unexpectedly announced the closing over the weekend on Facebook.
Fans of Edzo's don't have to make the trek all the way to usually-packed Evanston location to get their fix, as the restaurant took over the kitchen inside Deuce's and The Diamond Club in Wrigleyville in October.
Oh, and the Evanston location isn't going anywhere, Lakin said.
Edzo's, which is known for its burgers, specialty fries and shakes, was named one of the top 25 burgers in the US by USA Today/Zagat in 2013.
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