Yesterday came the much-lamented news that Mohammad Islam and Malika Ameen’s River North Aigre Doux had closed its doors. And then before anyone had time step away from their keyboards it was spilled that Sam’s Wines and Spirits was closing its South Loop store (I might add its Marcey Street location feels a little funereal too).

Meanwhile I’ve been trying to confirm a pair of closings of lesser known but equally important restaurants that didn’t have the benefit of PR firms to ring the death knell.