Downtown Steakhouse Still Boarded Up 3 Weeks After Looting

Nancy Harty
June 21, 2020 - 5:44 pm

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three weeks after protests turned violent in downtown Chicago, dozens of businesses remain boarded up. 

    Among those sitting idle is Ronny’s Steakhouse, a quick full-service restaurant that has fed customers in downtown Chicago for 57 years.

    Owner Kenny Munic said they were open for 12 days for curbside and delivery service before the destruction on May 30.

    That night he was getting alarm notifications constantly about destruction at the business which has been housed in the Thompson Center for the last 19 years.

    Munic was hesitant to see what was left of the restaurant he took over three years ago after his father died. He said “it’s hard to be there in this state” with broken windows and signs.

    Now Munic’s waiting for the insurance company to tell him how much of the damage is covered so he can prepare to reopen.

    And waiting for office workers to return to the Loop.

    Amid all the uncertainty and frustration, he’s been overwhelmed by the kind words of loyal customers who have reached out to him on social media and in person.

    Students from the Art Institute of Chicago offered to spray paint decorations on the boards that cover where windows used to be.

    Munic said he’s nervously optimistic about the future of the restaurant that he calls a survivor and an underdog.  

    Downtown Steakhouse Still Boarded Up 3 Weeks After Looting
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