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The Fate of Czech Restaurants in Chicagoland
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    Post #1 - December 15th, 2020, 10:42 am
    Post #1 - December 15th, 2020, 10:42 am Post #1 - December 15th, 2020, 10:42 am
    Czech Plaza has announced it is closing at the end of December 2020. Really a sad situation, they were done in by the pandemic. They were also not able to really get in on the outdoor dining thing in the summer because they lacked space and are located on busy Cermak Road. The owner of the building (not the owner of the restaurant) is trying to sell it. So we have lost both Little Bohemia and the Riverside Restaurant, both in Riverside over the past few years, as well of course as Klas.

    What's left? Well Bohemian Crystal in Westmont seems to be open, as well as the Westchester Inn, and the McCook Bohemian Restaurant. If anyone ventures to go to these, I would check first as restaurants seem to close abruptly sometimes, change hours or their menus, or they are only doing carry out business now, although some are defying the Governor's orders and allowing in house dining. There is also Cafe Prague, in the city, but it does not look like they have much Czech food on the menu. If anyone else knows of a Czech restaurant in Chicagoland, please post here. Some may say the Golden Pheasant in Elmhurst, and the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle but I'm not sure these are really on point for Czech Food.

    Please note many of these places don't have websites but they do have Facebook pages and a presence on Yelp.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #2 - December 16th, 2020, 10:38 pm
    Post #2 - December 16th, 2020, 10:38 pm Post #2 - December 16th, 2020, 10:38 pm
    Czech Plaza was where I fell in love with my husband. Sad it is closing.loved their liver dumpling soup.
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #3 - December 17th, 2020, 10:03 pm
    Post #3 - December 17th, 2020, 10:03 pm Post #3 - December 17th, 2020, 10:03 pm
    Oh noooo.... this is by far the best Bohemian restaurant around. Amazing authentic food, friendly & enthusiastic service, great bar, live music. We've been going there as long as I can remember.

    There are 3 restaurants that we love & were determined to do frequent take-out to help them make it through all of this & Czech Plaza was at the top. The other 2 are Yum Thai in Forest Park & Luong Loi in Wheaton.

    Am truly hoping they'll be able reopen in a new location... based on the comments on their FB page regarding the closing, they had quite a following (understandably)!
  • Post #4 - December 23rd, 2020, 11:23 am
    Post #4 - December 23rd, 2020, 11:23 am Post #4 - December 23rd, 2020, 11:23 am
    I agree I hope they reopen somewhere sometime. I've lived in Wheaton many years and I don't think I have ever been to Luong Loi.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #5 - December 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm
    Post #5 - December 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm Post #5 - December 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm
    Definitely a cute, hidden gem in downtown Wheaton... family run, such great Vietnamese food w/some Chinese items for those who don't like a/o want to try Vietnamese. BYOB.

    And good news on Czech Plaza, they are now staying open thru January 11, 2021:)! Fingers crossed that they're trying to work something out to stay open!
  • Post #6 - December 27th, 2020, 10:34 am
    Post #6 - December 27th, 2020, 10:34 am Post #6 - December 27th, 2020, 10:34 am
    Update: They will be open until Jan. 11.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare

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