Jimmy's Urban Grill, Home of Westword's Best Burger, Will Close January 17

Say goodbye to the Ditka burger — for now.
Say goodbye to the Ditka burger — for now.
Mark Antonation

Amid heavy burger competition, a heavy burger from a quiet little downtown bar won our Best Hamburger award last year. The Ditka burger at Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill stood out for its juicy half-pound burger beefed up with...more beef. Jimmy's is a shrine to Chicago and so is the burger — with a layer of Italian beef and a mound of zippy giardiniera to make diners long for the Windy City.

But the burger won't be around much longer; Jimmy's announced on its Facebook page that it's losing its lease at 1530 Blake Street. The message reads:

We here at Jimmy's have some sad news to announce. After months of negotiating with our landlord over a new lease which ends at the end of the month. We were not able to come to a mutual agreement and will not be renewing our lease. We hope all of you can come visit us one last time before the doors shut and enjoy some Killer Cuisine and Cocktails. We have truly been blessed with some of the best customers and employees over the past the few years and truly appreciate your support. We are looking are actively looking for a new location and have a couple spots in mind, so please keep an eye on our page for future news on where we land.

Jimmy's was opened in 2013 by Jimmy Bernat (who's also the chef) and his mom, Alicia. But with skyrocketing rents downtown, competing against the corporate giants proved no easy feat. Here's hoping we'll soon be able to sink our teeth into another Ditka burger in a new location.  The restaurant will close on Sunday, January 17, and will serve its final brunch that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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