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Recently, just short of its tenth anniversary, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood has announced that it’s closing.


Long an oasis for the weary Mag Mile shopper, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood  on Rush Street has long been the place to go for stupendous seafood, exceptional steak, or perhaps simply an après-shopping cocktail.

Located amidst The Shops at North Bridge in River North, Eddie V’s was known as an intimate space with mellow live jazz to accompany outstanding food and drink. And now, alas, Eddie V’s is saying goodbye to Chicago; the doors shut on January 14, 2024.

Eddie V’s is part of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which also owns other fine dining restaurants including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses and Capital Grille, as well as more casual dining spots like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, almost 2,000 places around the world. The Chicago location marked the first effort of the restaurant to expand into the Midwest.

As described on Kayak when the restaurant opened, “Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks.”

We’ll be sorry to see Eddie V’s Prime Seafood go the way of the Signature Room, Owen & Engine, Split-Rail, and other very popular places to close their doors this past year, and there’s no denying this popular place had a very good run.

The restaurant is closing due to what management has called “business conditions in the area,” which is somewhat vague, but we get it. The pandemic did a lot of damage to local businesses, and for many the recovery has been slow. Though the pandemic was not mentioned as a cause for closure, it’s likely that this global health threat has had lasting effects on many local businesses… like Eddie V’s. Though there's also word on the street that the landlord of Eddie V's building raised the rent by $20,000 -- which would have undoubtedly been a factor as well.

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Crain’s Chicago Business reported in May of 2013, “Eddie V's Prime Seafood, a fish and steak restaurant chain founded in Texas, is invading the River North turf of Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab.