Talk about bad luck. We stopped by recently opened Whirlyball
for lunch on Wednesday, July 19, only to find the space closed and under heavy renovation. Confused, we reached out to Vice President of Strategic Planning Adam Elias to get the facts.
According to an e-mail from Elias, on Thursday, July 13, less than three weeks after the spot opened
, a sprinkler head caused water damage to the inside of the building. Elias did not share any details regarding the extent of the damage or any estimates with regards to cost of repairs. While the Chicago-based restaurant and entertainment company does plan to reopen, Elias did not give an estimate as to when that would happen.
This certainly sucks for everyone involved, from those who had planned an event at Whirlyball to whoever's footing the bill for these repairs. But our hearts go out especially to the folks who needed their Whirlyball gigs to pay the rent.
"Unfortunately, we are not able to offer hours to our service staff due to the facility being closed for on-site maintenance and restoration," says Elias when we asked if the employees were being compensated during the repairs. "However, our management team is still fully on board and working on various projects in preparation for our re-launch."
We'll circle back with Whirlyball's reopening date when we learn more.