CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago is losing a legendary pizza palace that has been a mainstay of West Rogers Park for 56 years.
Gullivers Pizza and Pub has been in operation at 2727 W. Howard St. since 1965. The pizzeria is also known for its wide variety of Italian, Mexican and American dishes.
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As noted in several published reports, restaurateur Burt Katz first opened Gullivers with his partner Jerry Freeman. The Illinois History Journal of Dr Neil Gale noted that it was Freeman whose passion for antiques led to a collection of statues, stained glass, and other artifacts that have long adorned Gullivers’ dining rooms and patio. .
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Katz then sold Gullivers opened Pequod’s in Morton Grove in the early 1970s, and finally Burt’s Place, also in Morton Grove, in 1989.
Anthony Bourdain visited Burt’s Place for his “No Reservations” series in 2009. Katz passed away in 2016, but Gullivers continued this entire time.
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The last day for Gullivers will be Sunday.