WICKER PARK — Santullo's, one of the last spots in Wicker Park where a frugal hipster can fill his or her belly for as little as $5, has temporarily closed — but the eatery will be back in business soon, the pizza and sandwich shop's owner said Wednesday.
"It's the worst time of year for business and we're not in any hurry [to remodel]. We're painting and cleaning and doing maintenance ... just new makeup on the old girl," assured Sean Mulroney, owner of Santullo's at 1943 W. North Ave., which has been closed for the past few weeks.
One of several storefronts inside the massive pie-shaped Flat Iron Arts building that straddles the southeast corner of Milwaukee and North avenues, Santullo's opened in 2006.
Mulroney, who also co-owns nearby music club Double Door, said he is targeting a reopening of Santullo's by mid-February.
The matter of the New York style pizzeria's possible closure was first brought to DNAinfo's attention on Jan. 13 by Sean Mullen, a Wicker Park resident who spotted a sign saying that Santullo's was closed for the day due to "unforeseen circumstances."
After the sign was up for more than a day, Mullen said he feared a closure.
"Where can you go to get a great slice of pizza and it's OK that you hadn't showered? Those types of places are getting few and far between here in Wicker Park. Boo," Mullen said.
The phone number for Santullo's was recently disconnected and the now almost two-week-old sign in the window remains.
State business license records show that the business license for Santullo's under Mulroney's name was dissolved on March 11, 2016.
When asked about the licensing issue, Mulroney said that it was related to the current remodeling but did not elaborate.
The restaurant passed its most recent health inspection in November, city records show.
Santullo's Facebook page bears no mention of the closure, leading fans who've walked by the darkened storefront or called the disconnected number to assume the worst.
"Did this shop really close down???? I just heard the news and cried a little. Best mac and cheese ever despite the awful service and that one time it was served frozen,” one fan posted.