The Berghoff restaurant reopens Monday after a year light on happy-hour and lunch patrons

‘It’s important that we get families back in the Loop,’ says a manager for the venerable restaurant and its Adams Street Brewery.

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The Berghoff restaurant at 17 W. Adams St. is scheduled to reopen Monday.

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Ahead of Monday’s full reopening of The Berghoff restaurant, the restaurant’s Adams Street Brewery staff was serving up beers and the famed Berghoff Root Beer on Sunday at the first installment of Sundays on State.

The Berghoff and its sister brewery have been largely idle since the restaurant announced its temporary closure in July 2020 due to slow foot traffic in the Loop during COVID-19 capacity limits.

Like many restaurants, the Berghoff lost some of its staff due to the pandemic’s budgetary impact, with happy-hour and lunch crowds scarce during the past year.

“It’s important that we get families back in the Loop,” said Colleen Silk, brand manager for The Berghoff. Staffers at the family-owned Berghoff and Adams Street Brewery were excited to take part in Sundays on State and get back in contact with the community the businesses have served for more than 130 years, Silk said.

The Berghoff and Adams Street Brewery ask that visitors who are unvaccinated wear masks when dining in at their facilities. The restaurant will be open to both reservations and walk-ins and may have wait times on occasion to ensure a clean atmosphere, the restaurant’s website states.

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