Maude’s Liquor Bar, a mainstay of the Randolph Street Restaurant corridor since its opening in January 2011, has closed permanently. Its last day of service was Thursday.
Word went out via a letter, from owner Brendan Sodikoff, posted on the restaurant’s website.
“Someday people may say that we were a victim of the pandemic of ’20,” the note read in part. “But don’t believe them. No, I simply knew it was time. All things must come to an end, mes chers, and so has Maude’s.” This was the third business in Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality restaurant group to close this year. In May, California Clipper, a Humboldt Park bar, and C.C. Ferns, the coffee shop next door, closed, reportedly because an agreement could not be reached over rent.
Maude’s French menu included escargots, foie gras and pates and, like many Sodikoff concepts, a very good rib-eye steak, roasted bone marrow and excellent cocktails. The vibe was laid back, sultry and just a bit decadent — or “crumbling elegance,” as Sodikoff termed it in his farewell.
Sodikoff went on to praise the restaurant’s run of more than nine years, ending with a bit of Edith Piaf-inspired defiance.
“Non, je ne regrette rien,” he wrote.
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