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Jan 9, 2011 06:39 AM

Schwa closed last night. Anyone know what happened?

We've had reservations for about a month and a half now for last night (Saturday night)- even confirmed a few days ago. We get a call between 3:30p-4p yesterdat from Seth that the "restaurant will be closed this evening." One of our foodie friend's wife had arranged this special surprise dinner at Schwa because that's just about the one place that no one of us has been able to dine at yet. Talk about major disappointment! All they mentioned afterwards is that if we decide to call back again to make another reservation, we should be able to tell them that we had a reservation on a night that they closed down the restaurant.

Anyone have any clue what happened???

BTW- we actually had a fabulous dinner at Balsan instead!

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  1. I can't think of a single reason why a restaurant would call to tell you they were closed the same day as your planned dinner, unless they had a fire (which apparently they didn't).

    Of course, this is not the first time Schwa has decided to close with little to no warning, leaving diners with long-held reservations in the lurch. :(

    1. I had the same thing last night! It was my birthday and they called me at 6pm to cancel my 8:30pm reservation. Talk about short notice. I had just bought a couple great bottles of wine and had made these plans back in November. Talk about a bummer on my birthday. I have been once before and really loved the whole thing and was super excited about my return. Seth told me to call back as well to reschedule, but after that I am just pretty frustrated. Something strange is going on there!

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      1. re: Chargenda

        Schwa also cancelled on my birthday back in March citing some busted pipes. I get the sense that Chef Carlson can't say "no" to personal friends, and so when one calls asking for a reservation last minute, an unfortunate "nobody" gets cut from the reservation list.

        I was more than a little pissed, to say the least, when they cancelled on me for a bogus reason. All of my frustration was relieved when I secured another reservation (much easier now that I had an excuse to be bumped to the top of the list) a couple months later and had the best meal I've eaten in Chicago!

      2. See my review here on the board - they pulled the same thing on me and then fit me in the next night. Odd, admittedly, and certainly not professional. That said, if you can get in it is worth it.


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        1. re: uhockey

          Do you think what "Schwa" really means is "quirky?" Not that there is anything wrong with that.

        2. They just did it to us. Apparently the "furnace broke" so they had to cancel our reservation 4 hours beforehand. Very suspicious. It seems like this is becoming common practice based upon this thread. Pretty weak.