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Red Goose Bakery closes in downtown Joliet

JOLIET – The Red Goose Bakery & Cafe, 56 N. Chicago St., has closed its doors.

The bakery, which opened in 2012, shut down Monday, according to Raychel Wesley, who ran the establishment with her husband, John.

“We just didn’t get the support from downtown that we expected,” she said. “The place was right here by the courthouse. The food was good. You’d think that was the making of a successful business, but for whatever reason, it wasn’t.”

Located across the street from the Will County Courthouse, the restaurant served the breakfast and lunch crowd, offering a variety of bakery and menu selections, including gourmet cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, salads and wraps. A Sunday “comfort food” dinner menu offered chicken, pork chops, turkey and roast beef with a wide variety of side dishes.

“It was a learning experience, but we came to the conclusion that this isn’t the only thing we can do,” said Raychel Wesley, a baker who also is a lawyer. Her husband also is a carpenter.

The closing is the latest whirl in downtown Joliet’s ongoing game of restaurant roulette.

The Department, 205 N. Chicago St., closed its doors in March after the property management company that owns the building was approached by another business willing to lease the building at a higher rent.

That business is Juliet’s, a casual dining and sports bar featuring three different themes, which restaurateur Carmen Rossi hopes to open by October.

Other new downtown eateries include Lockdown Bar & Grill, which will begin renovations at the former Crabigales comedy club at Chicago and Cass streets this fall, and The Blue Taco, 79 N. Chicago St., which opened earlier this spring.

“It’s always sad to see a restaurant close,” said Pam Owens, executive director of Joliet City Center Partnership. “Downtown Joliet perhaps wasn’t the right fit for them. Hopefully whatever follows will have the right formula and be successful.”

Owens said that the property owners already have had two inquiries from restaurants interested in going into the space.

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