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Maijean Closing Jan. 1 Due to 'Unstable Economy'

The Clarendon Hills restaurant, which opened on Prospect Avenue in 2007, will hold a New Year's Eve dinner service on its final night in business.

For one Clarendon Hills restaurant, dinner service on New Year’s Eve won’t just be its last of 2011; it will be its last, period.

is closing Jan. 1 after serving French-inspired comfort food for more than four years at 30 S. Prospect Ave. The restaurant’s voicemail message system and Facebook page both say Saturday will be Maijean’s last day of service.

"We would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout these difficult economic times," a Tuesday Facebook message from Maijean to its customers reads. "It is with great sorrow and regret to inform you that we will be shutting our doors." 

An email to Patch from the restaurant said the closing is a “misfortune.”

“The only reason we have for our closing is … the unstable economy,” the email read.

On its final night, Maijean will serve a five-course New Year's dinner, complete with champagne, for $75 per person. (.)

According to Maijean’s website, executive chef and owner Nadia Tilkian opened the restaurant, named after Tilkian's grandmother, in 2007 to serve "skilfully crafted, affordable comfort food." 

"Maijean welcomes its guests with a gracious, sophisticated yet cozy atmosphere," the website's About Us page reads. "The unique Art Nouveau interior surrounds our guests in the atmosphere of a refined 1920s French Bistro while retaining the warmth and friendliness of a casual neighborhood restaurant."

In a Chicago Tribune article published online Wednesday, restaurant critic Phil Vettel wrote that Maijean had "a talented chef" and "an excellent front-room staff." He called the closing "head-shaking news."

"The world isn't always fair," Vettel wrote.

Customers with gift cards that cannot use them by Dec. 31 will be contacted by Maijean about how those can be redeemed. 

Tom Wich December 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM
We already have four vacant storefronts, four vacant buildings, and two vacant properties. We also know that other businesses in Clarendon Hills may not survive the coming year. Increasing taxes and fees will just make it worse and that is what we will get if the Home Rule proposal is passed in the March 20 election.
William Schweitzer December 29, 2011 at 02:40 PM
A very sorry turn in events for this classy restaurant! To clarhillsmom: are you kidding about the service at Redd Herring? The night we were there, the waitstaff was rude-when they brought us bread, they literally dropped the basket on the table.
Kirk Dillard December 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM
The professional news food critics loved the food.....so did my wife(a foodie). It is very sad anytime a family-owned business does not survive. Tough economy and cut throat restaurant business world. I feel awful for the owner.....
Kerry Comstock December 30, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Sorrry to hear you had a bad experience at Redd herring; just does go to show you, that poor service really will ruin a restaurant's reputation; and in our little town; bad news spreads fast. I hope you give Redd Herring another shot; the hamburgers on the pretzal roll are the best ever, and I have always had good service. It is unfortunate that all these places are shutting down. I hope village residents really think hard about trying to support our local businesses. I want my kids to grow up with a downtown Clarendon Hills.
clarhillsmom December 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I have always had a good experience at Redd Herring; and only poor, rude service at Majeans. In fairness, we only ate dinner at Majeans twice; just too expensive to keep "hoping " things would turn out better. Both times with large groups. and all agreed they were done with Majeans. There are lots of very good dining options now in the suburbs. We also would go to Majeans for the bar because Arturo is the best ever; but then they even changed that menu significantly so like so many of my neighbors; we just stopped going there. What our town needs is a good family place like Palmers in LaGrange.

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