By LINDSAY WELBERS
Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013.
In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.”
The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on Jan. 9.
“We want to thank all of you who dined with us over the years,” the statement says. “It was an honor to serve YOU and it is because of you that this work was truly worthwhile, and the entire Park 52 family is deeply grateful for you patronage over the years.
Park 52’s statement, signed by owner Marc Brooks and “The Park 52 Family,” also thanks the University of Chicago as a key supporter of the restaurant.
“We truly believe that Hyde Park’s future continues to grow brighter each and every day,” the statement said.
One Hyde Parker, who asked not to be named, said she purchased a gift certificate last week. The employee who sold the certificate crossed out where it would normally say that the gift certificate expires one year from the date of purchase, and wrote in “December 31, 2012.”
Park 52, 5201 S. Harper Ave., opened in April 2008 after a massive rehabilitation of the space. Restaurant entrepreneur Jerry Kleiner had previously opened Marche, Red Light and Carnivale. Later that same year Kleiner transferred his shares of the restaurant to Brooks.