Around Rogers Park: Cuetzala Gro Restaurant Reopens


Block Club Chicago reports the heartwarming story of the tragedy that befell Saul Moreno – owner of Cuetzala Gro restaurant at 7360 North Clark Street – and what happened to his restaurant after his death. According to Block Club, Mr. Moreno died of the COVID-19 virus on April 15, devastating his family and seemingly putting to an end the fifteen-year run of his restaurant on North Clark Street.

The family’s initial response to this loss was to permanently close the restaurant which had already been shut down by Governor Pritzker’s “shelter-in-place” order. Losing a family member was bad enough. Getting a business back up and running that was so closely associated with the founder seemed insurmountable.

But the Rogers Park community had different ideas. An outpouring of financial support, condolences and entreaties to reopen the restaurant came in from long-time customers and strangers alike who heard about what happened to Mr. Moreno and wanted to help. In all, the community raised about $20,000 for the Moreno family to help with burial costs and lost business from the restaurant closure. Apparently, this response made a difference since the members of the Moreno family decided to reopen the restaurant on June 19. The restaurant is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.