CHICAGO (CBS) — After 31 years in River North, the iconic Ed Debevic’s diner has closed its doors, and customers will have to wait until spring before it reopens in a new location.
The 1950s-style diner has been a staple for Chicago tourists, who get a kick out of the servers’ snarky comments as they serve up burgers, fries, and milkshakes.
“What do they say? You’re not working, so stop crying,” said one Ed Debevic’s staffer.
On the diner’s last day in River North, Cheryl came from Plainfield for her first taste of Ed’s food and signature insulting service.
“When you say Ed Debevic’s, everybody knows; whether you’ve been here, or not, they know about it,” she said.
The Russo family, of Elmwood Park, came to Ed Debevic’s on Sunday to celebrate a grandson’s first french fry and all the memories over the years.
“It’s like coming home to a big family dinner, because this is how our family acts. They yell at us, we yell at each other, and it’s just normal for us.”