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Is Gordon Restaurant Still Good?

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Anne Emry May 28, 2001 06:40 PM

I couldn't find any mention on this board -- never a good sign. I loved this restaurant when I lived in Chicago. But that was years ago! I'll be in town soon and I wonder if Gordon is worth a try again? I'd appreciate any comments. Thanks

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    Erik M. RE: Anne Emry May 28, 2001 07:19 PM

    Gordon closed.
    Its now Naha.

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      Frecky RE: Anne Emry May 20, 2014 01:03 AM

      out of business several years ago--perhaps in the late '90's. Gordon retired to Michigan. A shame--sophisticated food and d├ęcor-especially the bathrooms, for some reason.

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        Querencia RE: Frecky May 20, 2014 07:39 AM

        This kind of brings up the issue of restaurant longevity (or not). Recently I went through a list of Chicago restaurants and it's surprising to me how many are new and how many old ones have closed. I wonder if the failure rate is greater in recent years? And I wonder what success variables have been identified? I wonder too whether changing expectations from the public are a factor in failure or success. Some places (eg Carmine's) seem to go on forever. Others (gosh, I already forgot the name) seem to last a year and then, gone. It's an interesting thing that I never really wondered about before. Any thoughts?

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          Gonzo70 RE: Querencia May 21, 2014 07:54 PM

          I will reveal my opinion on this thread in 2027.

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          nsxtasy RE: Frecky May 21, 2014 12:19 PM

          >> out of business several years ago--perhaps in the late '90's.

          Yes, Gordon closed in 1999. It was way ahead of its time, with contemporary American food before the name and concept became popular. I still miss the artichoke fritter appetizer.

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            masha RE: nsxtasy May 21, 2014 04:54 PM

            It was way ahead of its time just by locating in River North too before the area even had that name.

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              nsxtasy RE: masha May 21, 2014 05:24 PM

              So true! It may be surprising to visitors and recently-arrived Chicagoans to hear that that area of River North was rather seedy when Gordon first opened in 1976. Gordon originally was located where Maggiano's is now, and years later moved a few doors down to where Naha is now.

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                delk RE: nsxtasy May 21, 2014 05:50 PM

                Hah! That was the 'Boystown' of my youth! Sigh, I still miss getting a late night hot dog from Jumbo Jerry's on Illinois and Clark.

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                  ferret RE: nsxtasy May 22, 2014 06:01 AM

                  I remember when Scoozi first opened in the mid-80's, even farther West. That area was truly dicey.

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