click to enlarge 525 at the Berry-Burk will close Saturday, April 19, its owner announced today.

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525 at the Berry-Burk will close Saturday, April 19, its owner announced today.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

525 at the Berry Burk Closing

Downtown landmark ends its run April 19.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The former haberdashery turned restaurant 525 at the Berry Burk will end its run on Saturday, a few months shy of its second year.

General manager and co-owner Tom Haas says the decision to close his dream venue was difficult. "Ultimately, the decision became a question of the balance between finances and contribution to the neighborhood. I truly want The Grace Street Corridor to reemerge as a focal point for both the city, and the region, and I believe it will. I think we provide a valuable service for guests on nights when there is a show at Center Stage, and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, but it’s the other five days of the week when we struggle."

A fundraiser at the restaurant that is set for Monday, April 21 will continue, as well as another private event in May. Haas says he hopes a more experienced restaurant operator will take over the space, which underwent a major renovation in 2012, and opened to fanfare as the first in a series of restaurants reviving that section of E. Grace St.

Style chronicled the opening process of 525 at the Berry Burk in this 2012 cover story.

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