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Dixie's Bucktown Days Over As Damen Restaurant Cancels All Reservations

By Alisa Hauser | August 8, 2017 9:54am
 The sign in front of Dixie in Bucktown.
The sign in front of Dixie in Bucktown.
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BUCKTOWN — The Southern restaurant Dixie has abruptly closed just after its one-year anniversary in Bucktown.

Dixie, at 1952 N. Damen Ave., replaced Takashi last July.

Housed in an 1880s-era cottage, Dixie served Southern style dishes from Charlie McKenna, the owner of acclaimed Lillie's Q on North Avenue.

Patrons who had reserved seats at Dixie for this week received an email from Southern Revival Hospitality saying "the restaurant is closed until further notice," according to Eater, which first reported the closing of the restaurant.

On Tuesday, Dixie's website would not allow reservations to be made.

A spokeswoman for Dixie and McKenna did not respond to a request for comment.

Just south of the Damen and Armitage intersection, the 64-seat Dixie opened last summer.

A sign on the door tells patrons, "In the South we enter on the side," a nod to the plantation homes in South Carolina, where guests enter through a side door.

A 20-seat cocktail bar named "1951 1/2 Liquorette" is connected to the back of Dixie, and it's unclear whether that will stay open amid the main restaurant's abrupt closure.