Hyde Park barbeque restaurant Ribs ‘N’ Bibs, 5300 S. Dorchester, closed Monday, May 12.
The longtime institution — which opened at 5300 S. Dorchester Ave. in 1966 — has left few clues as to the reason for its sudden closing. Sheets of paper now cover the store’s windows and doors, where two handwritten signs both read “Closed until further notice! Thank you — Management.”
Ribs ‘N’ Bibs owner Vincent Schoenberg Jr., who inherited the restaurant from his mother after she died in 2011, did not respond to phone calls. Nor did building owner Vernon Bradley.
The last time Ribs ‘n’ Bibs closed was in 2012, when the Illinois Department of Revenue singled out the restaurant for unpaid taxes.