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Bucktown Restaurant Loses Lease - Set To Close Sunday

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 15, 2013

Another small business is losing its lease on Damen Avenue in Bucktown. And this time it's a restaurant, Starland (formerly Ripasso) located at 1619 N. Damen Avenue. 

Last weekend a chalkboard sign stood outside of the restaurant stating they had lost their lease. Apparently, negotiations with the property management company were unsuccessful and in an announcement issued today, the owners explained:


Thank you all so very much for your support of our many culinary ideas over the years, from Terragusto thru Ripasso to Starland. We have loved having a chance to meet and get to know so many truly wonderful folks, and we hope that you like us have  enjoyed the fun & tasty ride!


Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to secure a lease extension for our current space on Damen, and our lease will expire just into 2014. Based on that, we have decided not to spend the many thousands of dollars to renew our City & State licenses which are expiring this week. To avoid operating illegally, this Sunday, November 17th, will be our last day of operation as Starland on Damen. This has been a very hard decision to make and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the rapid breakdown of negotaitions with the property manager & quick closing of the business may cause.

As noted above, their final day is this Sunday November 17th. We are very sorry to see them close and wish them the very best. 

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