The economy -- that hateful vampire that's sapping everyone's jobs, resources and ability to enjoy life -- has claimed another local victim: Long Grove's Apple Haus has been done in, and, thus, historic downtown Long Grove is losing a bit of its history.
Rent in that area is notoriously high, but the Apple Haus' Facebook page, where the closing statement was posted, didn't point to it as the culprit.
"We have been serving the community for 40 years and we are happy that we have been a part of your memories of visiting Long Grove! We have remained open as long as we could, but in today's economic climate we have been forced to close the Apple Haus."
It isn't like we have nowhere to turn for delicious pastries to add precious layers of blubber during these freezing months -- the Doughnut Vault comes to mind -- but this just seems to be par for the course lately.
At least it wasn't done in from a poorly researched Groupon. It was done in through its own grit and willingness to fight for the business its workers so believed in. Anyway. We'll tip out a 40 oz. of milk for another fallen homey in the Chicago biz landscape.
We'll miss you, Apple Haus. They can take our doughnuts, but we'll always have the memories.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.