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Gulliver’s Pizza is finally closing on Howard Street after 56 years

CHICAGO — After more than three years in the market, longtime West Ridge pizzeria Gullivers has been sold and its last day of service at 2727 W. Howard St. will be Sunday night, the Block Club Chicago reported.

Gullivers, which first opened in 1965, was co-founded through Pequods and Burt’s place founder Burt Katz, and Jerry Freeman, who reportedly quit an insurance job to run the pizzeria and pub. After the two went their separate ways, Gullivers expanded into the two neighboring businesses.

Before his death in 2006, Freeman amassed a large antique collection and filled the 350-seat restaurant with vintage light fixtures and other items more than a century old. After the property went up for sale in 2019, an auctioneer was hired to sell many of the items.

“Leaded and stained glass panels from demolished buildings in Chicago hang from the ceilings. Antique iron railings divide each cabin, and outside each cabin are unique pairs of coat hooks. There’s even a 100-gallon Royal Doulton stoneware vase, over 150 years old, sitting in the bar,” reads an announcement from the antiques sale. “The garden is a cornucopia of architectural fragments, including some from the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. “

Though they sold the North Side location, father-and-son owners Chris and Dino Karageorgis will continue to operate Gullivers’ Oakbrook Terrace location at 17W517 Roosevelt Road, the Chicago Tribune reported.

General manager George Gamilis told the Block Club the property’s new owner is also a restaurateur, and the site could reopen as a kosher restaurant. Noting many customers were expressing their sadness at the closure, he warned anyone arriving for a last pie this weekend that they could wait a long time as the restaurant is understaffed.

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