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Obama Favorite Dixie Kitchen to Close

From CBS2Chicago.com: One of President Barack Obama's favorite Hyde Park restaurants is closing its doors as the University of Chicago plans to raze the commercial plaza on 53d Street where it is located.

The Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is located in the Harper Court complex, a retail and dining plaza located on Harper Avenue just off busy 53rd Street. The Hyde Park Herald reported that the restaurant will close its Hyde Park location on June 7.

The restaurant at 5225 S. Harper Ave. opened back in 1994, and was rated as one of the top 10 new restaurants in Chicago Magazine the following year. It features southern specialties, and serves its customers cornmeal Johnny cakes in place of bread when they sit down. Antiques and bric-a-brac decorate the walls, in an atmosphere the restaurant says is intended to conjure "an imaginary bait shop you might have found in the 1930's."

The president famously recommended the restaurant on the WTTW-Channel 11 restaurant review show "Check Please," back in 2001 when he was an Illinois state senator.

One of President Barack Obama's favorite Hyde Park restaurants is closing its doors as the University of Chicago plans to raze the commercial plaza on 53d Street where it is located. 

The Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is located in the Harper Court complex, a retail and dining plaza located on Harper Avenue just off busy 53rd Street. The Hyde Park Herald reported that the restaurant will close its Hyde Park location on June 7.

The restaurant at 5225 S. Harper Ave. opened back in 1994, and was rated as one of the top 10 new restaurants in Chicago Magazine the following year. It features southern specialties, and serves its customers cornmeal Johnny cakes in place of bread when they sit down. Antiques and bric-a-brac decorate the walls, in an atmosphere the restaurant says is intended to conjure "an imaginary bait shop you might have found in the 1930's."

The president famously recommended the restaurant on the WTTW-Channel 11 restaurant review show "Check Please," back in 2001 when he was an Illinois state senator. 

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/dixie.kitchen.closing.2.1015603.html

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