Meritage calls it a career, announces Jan. 1 closing
"Say it ain't so: Christopher Peckat announced this morning, via e-mail, that his restaurant, Meritage Café & Wine Bar (2118 N. Damen Ave.) would close its doors for keeps on Jan. 1. Meritage has won a handful of awards since its May 1997 opening with chef Jonathan Harootunian, and has been one of the city's most consistently excellent restaurants throughout its existence. It will be missed. But the good news, sort of, is that there's still time for a farewell meal or two."
Get there before it closes. At least Meritage got to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Plus, Peckat still owns The Ashland (2824 N. Ashland Ave., 773-549-3333) and Fixture (2706 N. Ashland Ave., 773-248-3331) in Lakeview.