Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Parthenon

Well as we all have heard, our favorite Chicago eatery closed its' door two days ago over unpaid taxes and bills. Such a pity.  Had I known it was in such dire straights, I would have eaten there in June.  I guess I just took it for granted that it would always be there for me.

I have so many great memories - the time Dad drove up to the front door of 561 and carried Grandma and Aunt Helen up the front stairs because it was snowy.  I am sure the rodidas was flowing that night!

I checked out the cookbook which is selling for an astronomical price after the closing.  Hopefully, they will do a reprinting as I would love to make those recipes.  I have never been to another Greek restaurant that even comes close.  Goodbye Parth...we will miss you.


  1. Tears flowed and that's the truth. It feels like a death in the family. So many memories - I still can't accept it. Remember how they used to have the lamb in the window, and the 2 mannequins. We would sneak behind the curtains and peak back in the good old days. Julies rehearsal dinner. Chris said she asked for OJ and Dad gave her a screwdriver - haha that one kills me. So many more.

    I ate there 2 days before it closed, unbelievably. Me Chris and John enjoyed all the old favorites - saganaki, gyros, squid, lamb with artichokes, delicious. If I had know if was my last meal, I would have ordered much to go. John says there's always the Greek Islands. UH excuse me - nothing was better than the Parthenon and I will go to other places but it just won't be the same.

    Feeling sad again Haha - do I need more in my life? Why is this restaurant closing affecting me so? I think because it's a link to Mom and Dad and good times and my whole life really.

    1. So glad you got to have a meal one last time. It is a friend who has been there for us throughout our lives. Four generations of us - I was hoping to make it five. Too sad!