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Around Rogers Park: Twisted Tapas Closes

Rogers Park has never been place where higher-end restaurants can easily take root and prosper. The pandemic has clearly made it even harder for the few that have tried. For Twisted Tapas, the pandemic proved to be one challenge too many. The Spanish eatery is the latest example of an upscale restaurant that tried, but ultimately failed, to find success in the neighborhood.

At least where Twisted Tapas is concerned, they had a darn good run. The restaurant opened in October of 2013 and enjoyed seven years of steady business, building a reputation as a fun and lively place to go for outings and celebrations, or a relaxing, after-work retreat for a drink and a nosh at the restaurant’s well-stocked bar. The restaurant’s location on Pratt Boulevard just east of Sheridan put it within easy walking distance of Loyola University or just about anywhere up and down Sheridan Road. The small-plate format offered diners a range of options from a quick snack on the run, to a big meal out with friends.

According to Block Club Chicago, owner Bob Parilla cited a slow-down in business beginning in March, due to social distancing restrictions set by the City, and a looming $6,000 liquor license that he would have had to renew to keep selling alcohol. Given the decrease in revenues and the prospect of shelling out a big chunk of money for the privilege of remaining open, Mr. Parilla decided the better course of action was to just call it quits and close the restaurant permanently.

Twisted Tapas will be greatly missed. For food-lovers in Rogers Park, this one hurts.




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