John and Ed Lewis today announced the closing of their South Side restaurant Bruschetta's, which has enjoyed considerable popularity during its 14-year life span. While the decision to close wasn't easy, the brothers are ready to move on to something new.
"Fine dining, white tablecloth business has been a little tough over the last couple of years," said John Lewis in a phone interview. As the South Side became the most popular barhopping destination in the city, those seeking quieter evenings at nicer restaurants seem to have grown frustrated with difficult parking and crowds of late-night revelers. Mr. Lewis also cited the many new restaurants in the East End, which he believes have encouraged customers to dine closer to home.
The restaurant will close after dinner on Saturday, August 15 and the Lewis brothers and chef Tom Rebstock encourage fans of the restaurant to come enjoy at least one last meal.
Plans are already underway for a new business to open in the space. Mr. Lewis described it as an upscale bar, with a light food menu. John and Ed will be involved in the business, but will take much more of a backseat, advisory role. Chef Rebstock will likely stay on to help design the new menu, and they will continue to offer private party opportunities in the space.