Tavernita

Tavernita (151 W. Erie St.) on February 9, 2012. (Lenny Gilmore / RedEye / August 29, 2014)

River North restaurant Tavernita (151 W. Erie St.) closed Aug. 28 and the owners have no plans to reopen it.

"As of right now, we don’t have any plans for another concept in the space,” said Natalie Levine, director of marketing and public relations for Mercadito Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Tavernita. 

"After two and a half years of being open, the owners have decided to concentrate on other projects,” Levine said, citing recently opened Mercadito Counter (738 N. Clark St.) in River North and plans for Mercadito locations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.. Levine said forthcoming Mercadito Hospitality concept Tipping Hall is still under construction at 646 N. Franklin St. and plans to open it remain unchanged. 

Levine acknowledged recent reports that Tavernita’s liquor license was revoked due to back taxes owed to the State of Illinois. "The back taxes were paid and the license was in progress," Levine said. "But the owners’ decision came before that."

Levine said that staff is in the process of contacting diners with reservations at Tavernita and will attempt to accommodate parties at sibling restaurants Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.) in River North or Mercadito Fish (10 E. Delaware Place) in the Gold Coast.

Mercadito Hospitality opened Tavernita and an adjacent pinxtos bar Barcito in January 2012.

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