CANARYVILLE — Del Sur Bar & Grill has closed.
After a year of little business at 4559 S. Halsted St., the Mexican bar and grill shut down.
"They didn't make it," said Rigo Sanchez, the building owner who collected rent from the former eatery. "The restaurant business is not easy."
In the window now hangs a "FOR LEASE" sign.
Sanchez knows the struggle well. He ran his own restaurant — Amelia's Mexican Grille — at the same address for eight years. In May 2015, he put a "WE ARE CLOSED" sign in the window and focused on other real estate projects in the city.
The sign caught the attention of Jorge Hernandez, a 37-year-old, full-time sous chef at The Gage. Hernandez struck a deal with Sanchez to rent out the building and the equipment inside for $5,000 a month.
Del Sur offered dishes like "ceviche mixto" — a kitchen-sink seafood appetizer with shrimp, scallops, octopus, garlic, red onions, tomato, cilantro, cucumber and avocado. The restaurant's dinner menu included camarones a la chimpa, a dinner of sautéed shrimp served in a fragrant pumpkin seed mole sauce with sides of rice and sweet plantains.
Unable to make enough money to stay on top of the bills, Hernandez gave up the business. He was unavailable for comment.
Sanchez is now looking for another tenant. Anyone interested in renting the property can reach him at 708-516-9119.
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