Army & Lou’s Restaurant Closes

Supporters Hope To Reopen It

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — A beloved South Side soul food restaurant that was a favorite of the late Mayor Harold Washington has closed its doors.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, Army & Lou’s, at 422 E. 75th St., was one of the oldest African-American-owned restaurants in the Midwest.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports

The restaurant served up delights such as chitterlings, fried chicken, baby back ribs, Creole shrimp and mixed greens with smoked ham hock. It had been open since 1945.

Army & Lou’s also featured local jazz artists on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The outgoing voice mail message for the restaurant says restaurant operations have been put on hold, but they are still catering.

Army & Lou’s lured the likes of Cab Calloway, James Brown, and even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It was best known among many Chicagoans as a favorite of Mayor Washington. When Washington died on Nov. 25, 1987, reporters came to Army & Lou’s to talk to the many patrons who had often seen him there.

The booth where Mayor Washington sat still bears his name, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Army & Lou’s has undergone a number of owners, including a group of investors brought in last year to reenergize it.

Supporters hope to reopen the restaurant sometime down the road.

  • Allen

    It will be missed. I remember going there some years ago. A friend introduced me to it and I loved i–I lived on the north side of town and her family lived on the south side. I used to take all my first dates there. I wasn’t big on soul food but Arm ‘N’ Lou prepared food that was mouth watering. I loved their greens. Today, like most of us, we eat differently for health reasons but they were a good business and I hope they revamp and come back even stronger. Let us all know your Re-Grand-Opening and I’ll be there to support them so they can be around for another 65 years..

  • Carolyn

    Everything must change…Nothing stays the same… Army & Lou’s will be surely Missed.

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