LINCOLN SQUARE – Beloved Thai restaurant Rosded has closed, ending more than four decades of family ownership for the tiny restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Square.
Birdie Sudhichitt, daughter of the original owners, said financial pressure from the pandemic ultimately led to the family’s decision to close and sell the restaurant.
âIt’s sad because I’ve been there since I was a kid,â Sudhichitt said.
Sudhichitt’s cousins ââtook over the restaurant, 2308 W. Leland Ave., over a year ago from his parents, uncle and aunt, who opened Rosded in 1976.
Neighbor Luis Alvarado came by Tuesday afternoon for lunch, only to find chairs stacked on tables and the front door locked. He said he had no idea Rosded had closed.
Alvarado said he tries to go at least twice a month and usually orders his favorite dish: basil noodles with chicken and chili peppers.
âItâs really good food here. I’ve eaten chicken with basil noodles elsewhere, but for some reason this one here is just the right amount of spicy and delicious, âAlvarado said.
Other passersby slowed down to look inside the restaurant and speculated it would close.
Alvarado can attribute his favorite dish and Rosded’s menu to Sudhichitt’s mother Choosri, she said.
âMy mom is Rosded’s real OG, and there are some specialty dishes she’s known for. He misses a lot of people who come just for his real, authentic Thai food, âSudhichitt said. “It’s family after family, generations of people who came to ask for my mother when they visited.”
The family may consider hosting a pop-up event or collaboration featuring Rosded’s unique menu in the future, but for now, they are in the process of selling the business to someone else. , Sudhichitt. The location may remain a Thai restaurant but will have no affiliation with Sudhichitt’s family.
âWe just couldn’t survive after more than 40 years in the neighborhood,â Sudhichitt said. âAnd I’m really touched by the neighbors who asked about us. I wish we could stay open, but it’s a sign of the times.
Several Lincoln Square restaurants have closed during the pandemic, some after decades in the neighborhood.
The German themed bar Huettenbar closed in October 2020 after 35 years. It has since been replaced by the Lincoln Square Taproom.
In May 2020, the beloved fat spoon Jeri’s Grill closed its doors after 57 years in Montrose and Western.
Taco in a Bag also closed in November 2020.
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