'The Living Room' Closes in Crystal Lake

Martini bar and chop house shuts down Route 14 business.


The sign out front - once adorned by a large, illuminated martini glass - now is blank.

Chalk writing on the front door reads something about the New Year's Eve Party.

And the only inkling of life at , 446 W. Virgina St. (Route 14), were a few plump squirrels feasting on the back trash pile.

The Living Room is officially closed for business, according to city officials.

Owner Robin Ahmed called the city of Crystal Lake about two weeks ago to inform officials he would not be seeking renewal of his liquor license, said Michelle Rentzsch, director of planning and economic development for the city.

The restaurant's telephone number is "disconnected, or no longer in service." And The Living Room webpage states the domain name expired Jan. 7, 2013.

Rentzsch said the city has not received any new restaurant or business proposals for the brick building, owned by Sid Sherman, of Huntley.

The restaurant along with its martini lounge and VIP dance room opened nearly two years ago, filling the vacancy left by the former Porter's Oyster Bar. The business was modeled after a former nightclub in Schaumburg, and catered to the 24-plus-year-old crowd.




Stephanie Price January 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Porters did great in that location.
McCloud January 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Another victim of the Obama economy.
Stephanie Price January 24, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I doubt it....Go to Jameson's and it's packed. Drive by any Portillo's and they have several workers standing outside trying to handle the huge number of customers they get on a daily basis. I think it's the same old standard: Offer something people really want at the right price, and you'll be successful.
K Lundberg February 01, 2013 at 12:35 AM
We in Crystal Lake, like casual with a townie feeling and the Living Room was anything but that....should have left the decor as it was and made it even grungier....and friendlier.
Leaps & Bounds Preschool/Daycare February 02, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Sorry to see it close. My husband and I went there a few times. Not very crowded but enjoyed the food.. Kathleen M. Daly Crystal Lake


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