Nearly 15 years of delightful drag dining to pause as owners delay hunt for new location.
Andersonville’s iconic LGBTQ-friendly diner will close its doors on November 1. It hopes to come back bigger and better once the Coronavirus has loosened its grip on our country’s hospitality industry. At first, the restaurant renowned for its drag-themed events was one of three to participate in the outdoor dining scheme, but with too much on its plate, it will now close in the hope that it can return post-Covid.
Last year the co-owners and brothers closed their brewpub Andersonville brewing and began working towards relocating Hamburger Mary’s to another neighborhood due to rising costs in Andersonville. With a lease expiring in December they’ve decided to put plans of a new location on hold and see through the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s been nearly 15 years of burger and drag dining and despite its best efforts the brothers will pack up and wait out the storm. A favorite haunt for many, Hamburger Mary’s is famed for its Diva Brunch shows every Saturday and Sunday. Bottomless mimosas and some of the best drag performances in Chicago offered residents all over the city a high-energy weekend brunch activity.
The restaurant then debuted its coronavirus solution in a drag queen drive-thru which allowed guests to come and pick up food from drag performers curbside. Events will continue for the rest of October in the countdown to the closing date. With a packed Hamburger Mary’s calendar full of happy hour’s and a few more Diva Brunches, the restaurant aims to go out with a bang. An optimistic Instagram post stated “Countdown to our closing, BUT For the next two weeks, we have lots of shows for you to attend. Come see us Wednesday through Sunday!”