Niles’ Wildwood Tavern closes temporarily; owners may develop new concept for reopening restaurant

Wildwood Tavern, a Niles restaurant serving American fare at the intersection of Caldwell and Touhy Avenues, has closed temporarily due to staffing and inflation pressures.

Wildwood Tavern owner and manager Mark Freedman confirmed that the restaurant had closed temporarily. The last official day of business had been Dec. 19, he said.

“Because of COVID and all other things related to what’s going on: inflation, labor force, the restaurant business environment in general, we’ve chosen to temporarily close the restaurant,” he said in response to a question about the closure.

His plan is to “remodel, reorganize, re-staff and reopen.”

“The challenges that are in front of us are great but we are trying to figure it out,” Freedman said.

He does not yet have a specific timeline in mind to reopen the restaurant, but said diners could see a new concept when Wildwood does reopen.

“Where we’re at now just didn’t work,” Freedman said. “We’re just trying to brainstorm stuff right now. We’re trying to re-concept and make something new.”

Wildwood’s offerings before it closed included brisket and other barbecue options, burgers and sandwiches among other American-style classics.