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Buck's, Wicker Park Restaurant Where Beyonce Dined, Closes

By Alisa Hauser | March 16, 2017 9:42am | Updated on March 16, 2017 5:07pm
 Buck's at 1700 W. Division St., in the former Carriage House spot.
Buck's at 1700 W. Division St., in the former Carriage House spot.
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WICKER PARK — Buck's, a fried chicken and biscuit spot that gained some buzz when Beyonce and her husband Jay Z ate there last June, has shuttered.

"It literally closed last night, super abrupt," Jayson Little, an operations manager for Buck's landlords, told DNAinfo Thursday.

The restaurant had billed itself as "fun and funky" and "Southern-inspired" serving "easy-drinking cocktails, biscuit sandwiches, and buckets of fried chicken."

Yelp reviews averaged 3½ stars out of five.

Neighbors had noticed a "for rent" banner on the building at 1700 W. Division St. The restaurant website had been taken down, and Buck's Instagram account also disappeared.

The restaurant posted on Facebook Tuesday that bottles of Champagne would be discounted that night: "Greasy pinky up! Half off your first bottle or glass of bubbles tonight with ANY purchase of chicken."

The Buck's building is owned by husband-wife team John and Kate Leydon, who also own The Ruby Room, a spa and bed-and-breakfast across the street from the chicken restaurant.

The owners of Buck's did not immediately return a request for comment.

"We are sad to see Bucks go. Matt and Eric are great operators and even better people. We own additional spaces for rent in our Ruby Room buildings across the street. As property owners on Division since 2001, we are excited to attract additional unique and diverse businesses to this historic boulevard," John & Kate Leydon said in a statement.

Carly Kowalski, a Wicker Park resident, said that her husband saw the for rent sign on Thursday morning.

"We went for brunch with our dogs once or twice and they were very accommodating. [We] really enjoyed it. Their drinks were great, too, with a friendly staff," Kowalski said.


The Buck's spot up for rent. Photo by Kevin Kowalski.

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Beyonce and Jay Z came by for fried chicken after Beyonce's "Formation" concert at Soldier Field. The restaurant's chef Bernard Bennett was given a ticket to the following night's show, according to Bennett's Facebook post and an Eater report.