Ronny’s Steak­house, a sta­ple of down­town din­ing, closes

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY EM­MANUEL CAMARILLO, CST WIRE RE­PORTER eca­mar­illo@sun­times.com | @man­ny­cam

Af­ter over 55 years of feed­ing hun­gry Chicagoans, down­town sta­ple Ronny’s Steak­house has closed its doors for good.

“Farewell, Chicago . . . It has been an his­toric run; it’s time to turn off that fa­mous neon sign one fi­nal time” read a mes­sage posted Sun­day on the restau­rant’s Face­book page.

“My fam­ily is grate­ful to the city of Chicago. It means a lot to us as we have been a mean­ing­ful part of a rich civic his­tory,” owner Kenny Mu­nic said Sun­day. “We are grate­ful to our staff and guests for their loyal and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port over th­ese past six decades.”

Com­menters on the Face­book post shared their mem­o­ries of the restau­rant, with many de­scrib­ing eat­ing there as kids and re­turn­ing with their chil­dren years later.

“I’m in a com­plete shock. Love this place. Love the work­ers. I’ve been tak­ing my son to this place since he learned how to walk,” Bran­don Lush wrote.

Ronny’s was first opened in 1963 at 16 W. Ran­dolph St. by Kenny Mu­nic’s fa­ther, Her­man. At one point, Ronny’s had six lo­ca­tions down­town.

By 2000, the chain was down to a sin­gle restau­rant in­side the Thomp­son Cen­ter in the Loop, where cus­tomers from across the city have sat at the steak­house’s in­deli­ble green leather booths since.

Pic­tures of celebri­ties who have en­joyed a meal at Ronny’s adorned the walls.

“It’s been our honor and priv­i­lege to serve and em­ploy our spec­tac­u­lar city’s cit­i­zens. A mil­lion thanks for the good times. Hold on to the mem­o­ries. We won’t say good bye but rather un­til we meet again,” the Face­book mes­sage read.

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Ronny’s Steak­house at the Thomp­son Cen­ter.

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