CHICAGO (CBS) — El Viejon restaurant in Portage Park has been closed, after police showed up Friday night and told everyone they had to go home.
Owner Juan Alvarado said they were operating with a license from the restaurant that used to be at 5700 W. Irving Park Rd., and had the green light to open.READ MORE: On One-Year Anniversary Of Botched Smokestack Demolition, Little Village Community Leaders Call For Jobs, Better Environmental Protection
He said they were observing proper social distancing, but the building owner called police because they had live music on the roof.READ MORE: Areas Teeming With Restaurants, Bars Are In Balancing Act Between High COVID-19 Vaccination Rates And Rising Case Numbers
A Police Department spokesperson confirmed officers responded to the scene at the request of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Officers at the scene said the city was shutting the restaurant down for overcrowding and other possible violations.MORE NEWS: Phase 2 Opens Monday In Illinois Outside Chicago For Anyone 16 And Over To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Teens Under 18 Face Challenge
Now Alvarado has shut down the restaurant.