C.J. Arthur’s to Close End of September

After serving the North Shore for more than 20 years, a Wilmette business will be closing its doors.

, one of Wilmette’s few live music spots will be closing its doors at the end of the month after serving the North Shore for 23 years. 

“They are leaving at the end of September, their last day will be Sept. 29,” said Martha Koch, property manager for the building at 1168 Wilmette Ave., where C.J. Arthur’s is currently located. 

Since opening in 1983, Cindy, Jason and Art, co-owners of the bar, have been offering the community live music on a regular basis, according to C.J. Arthur’s website. The bar calls itself “Wilmette’s only nightlife!” 

Patch was unable to reach the co-owners for comment. 

Koch says they have not found a new tenant for the space but will be advertising for a restaurant.

“It’s set up for a restaurant, plus, Wilmette needs another restaurant,” Koch said.

Are you sad that C.J. Arthur’s will be soon closing? Do you think another restaurant should go in the space? If so, what type of restaurant? 

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Joe Zekas September 07, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Sad to see this Wilmette institution close. You can meet Art and Jason in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMwJLFARRN8
Catherine Howard September 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Please, PLEASE! Before adding hateful comments, know that the owner has been diagnosed and is dying of a devastating disease. Tips, service, human errors don't really matter when you have a devastated family losing so very much all at once. PLEASE-let go of the superficial, and pray for the family.
Chi-an Chang September 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Thanks for sharing the video Joe! It is always sad to see businesses close.
TONI BRAVERMAN September 07, 2012 at 11:58 PM
To Catherine Howard: The article should have been more specific as to why they were closing, due to illness, instead of making it sound like they were just closing for who knows why. Then I'm sure there may have beens negative comments. But it still seems like a lot of people were not satisfied there.
TONI BRAVERMAN September 07, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Sharon Bussell September 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I am incredibly sorry to hear that CJArthur's needs to close due to a family tragedy. Like it or not, it had tremendous character and will part of Wilmette lore for many years to come. God bless Art, Cindy, and Jason as well as all the loyal staff that will be displaced by this sad turn of events....
Pattie Davenport September 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
CJ Aruthurs was a fun place to go with family and friends. The food was not bad,and they had great local bands. Why make such rude comments. A family has to close a business and many people will lose their jobs.
John Cawley September 08, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree the rude and mean comments are soooooo unappropriate. CJ Aruthur's was/is a good family friendly resturaunt with good entertainment. Many people are going to loose their jobs and a family is closing a family owned business in a time when jobs are hard to come by in a not so good econmey. Think about what you say before you say such mean things and put yourself in the shoes of the people you are bad mouthing and think about how you would feel to have someone say things like that to you. CJ's will be missed!
Catherine Howard September 08, 2012 at 11:19 PM
It really was not my news to break, but I just felt someone had to-and I am the BIG MOUTH! I am all for freedom of speech. My heart just aches to think of the suffering they are going through, and felt I needed to say something. Full disclosure-I am close with this family, but have spent hundreds of nights there-paying full price--and have many wonderful memories there. I just would like to hear some of the good times. The family has contributed in many ways to Wilmette outside the restaurants. It has always been important for them to sit down and REALLY engage with the customers-that always made it homey for me-but of course, maybe people like me-blabbing with the staff-caused other's orders to be delayed! I am not a family spokesman, and was not in any way trying to ask for pity comments. The truth is always the best, and we all have our own. I appreciate the reply and hope to see some fun memories along with the not-so-fun, that's all. Thank you so much for responding. God Bless the Falzer family. Catherine
Wilmette Magilacutty September 09, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Seriously? They were in NO WAY rude. They were the truth. All people were saying was that it was a bad restaurant with bad service and the fact that it had great live music and a full bar was what made up for that. Its no disrespectful to have an opinion about bad food, especially when the majority of people agree. Sad to hear about family problems and health but this Isn't the venue for those topics, this is a venue to discuss the merits or lack their of of a local business closing, it doesn't matter for what reason, plus, if your getting into it like that, I've heard from just as many sources that they were in fact having troubles with the landlord and could no longer afford the rent due to a decrease in customers and that's why they closed, not because of health. But again, thats not the point. The point is this is a coment section of a local news source for people to discuss how they feel about the issues put forth by the writers. I feel like it'll be good to see a change in ownership there because I FEEL like that place was not worth visiting due to poor service and bad food, because personally I could care less about the live music and bar. But thats my opinion, obviously some people disagree with that and thats fine but I am baffled by everybody's need to make this personal. This isn't about people or family its about a tired business and it's time to let someone else step up. Why can't we be excited about the new place that will open there? I know I am!
Doug H September 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I have gone to CJ Arthur's for years now. They had decent Food at an affordable price, friendly staff and live music on a regular basis. It was a casual atmosphere, family friendly and always welcoming. I will miss the music, the food and the staff. I also took a look at the work that needed to be done on the premises a year ago. It was more than cosmetic, there are major problems with the building, structural, plumbing, sewer, etc, etc., and it appears that the owners of the property were unwilling to address any of these issues and then went for an increase in rent. The Village of Wilmette needs to go in and do a thorough inspection after the close and require the owners to make the repairs that they have refused to do or deny any permits and/or licenses for the premises in the future.
Joan September 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The food was horrible and the service was worse. There have been countless times where I would drive to the bank see the staff getting high in the back, no wonder the service was so bad. I stopped allowing my children to go there once I heard about Jasons preferred taste in younger girls....I shouldn't have to worry about a man in his thirties flirting with my 15 year old daughter at this so called "family" establishment. I'm glad its leaving, hopefully we can get a quality establishment now.
TONI BRAVERMAN September 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
TONI BRAVERMAN September 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Lori September 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I would not post malicious comentary that you "heard" about anyone on a public web site. That is slander.
TONI BRAVERMAN September 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Greenwood September 12, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Malicious comments posted on the internet, if untrue, are libel, not slander. Take care in throwing legal terms around if you're not really sure what they mean.
ES September 14, 2012 at 09:44 AM
What?! I cannot BELIEVE that somebody wrote on here that Jason has a "thing" for young girls! That is completely false! How could you even be so sick as to even post that online when u obviously don't know him at ALL! That is just terrible and SO completely false! How dare you? U r a terrible person (obviously). I am GLAD that you do not frequent CJ Arthur's. Knowing that ignorant liars like you hate that place just make me more proud to be a CJ's patron.
TONI BRAVERMAN September 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Grew Up In Wilmette September 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Actually, Jason was not the "J" in CJ Arthurs. Jason was still in diapers, then. The original partner was Cindy's brother, Jeff. When Jeff left, I feel the food quality went down. But that is just my opinion. Anyone who says Cindy and Art are bad people have either not met them, or have their heads up their rear's. They both loved the business and their customers and did NOT treat customers rudely or poorly. Godspeed Art & Cindy. We will miss you guys.
Lynn cabin September 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Joan's daughter had a crush on Jason. Jason did not return the attention. The daughter, a typical teenage girl, decided to get even, while also covering her tracks by lying about an older boyfriend. Joan is in total denial about her daughter.
Hamilton September 18, 2012 at 04:46 AM
If you were BORN and RAISED in Wilmette you would be sad to see C.J. Arthur's close. It was a good place to get a drink and some food without any fuss. I will be sad to see them go. Maybe if these greedy landlords would take care of their properties the tenants would have more money and time to spend on their businesses i.e. staff, food, management. Shame on the people who left rude comments here. You have no class, clearly you have not lived here long.
Jake Kahn September 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Magila, here's why your comments were rude. The restaurant is CLOSING FOREVER. It's not as if you're offering constructive criticism for improvement- all you're doing is getting digs in for no reason. Gratuitous and indicative of what a piece of crap you are. Watch out, karma has a way of coming back around- hope it remembers you. By the way, based on a couple of places you mentioned that impress you, I sure wouldn't take any recommendations from your dumb butt.
jmasonov September 23, 2012 at 01:20 AM
In this comments thread: CJ Arthur's Employees or People Who Know CJ's Employees CJ Arthur's Regulars who must justify the large quantity of time they spent there by shooting down any and all criticism People who went to CJ's on an extremely busy night and expected the best service People who can't appreciate casual restaurants. People who thought it was ok or something.
jmasonov September 23, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I don't think the service was bad.
butterflylover September 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I cannot believe the horrible things that people have to say about total strangers! Get a life!
George September 28, 2012 at 01:56 AM
CJ Arthurs was more than just a restaurant. It was a place to meet friends and make friends. The theme song from Cheers comes to mind when I think of CJ's. They will be missed................................
TONI BRAVERMAN September 28, 2012 at 03:38 AM
A.E.S October 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I grew up in Wilmette, and CJ Arthur's was always our go-to for breakfast or lunch after softball games, soccer practice or sleepovers. It was a family place where you'd always run into friends from school or neighbors. It was also one of the places my friends and I were allowed to go on our own, and we felt so grown up dining there by ourselves as kids. It was so easy to walk there after school from Central or bike there from our East Wilmette homes. It's a memorable part of my childhood, and though the quality and service certainly went down in recent years, I'm terribly sad to see a longstanding Wilmette business close. I'm disappointed with this article, as it doesn't provide any valuable information and it doesn't seem the reporter has any background knowledge of the restaurant. I would never classify it as a "bar" or live music venue rather than a family restaurant, and the line "It’s set up for a restaurant, plus, Wilmette needs another restaurant" implies it wasn't a restaurant at all. It also seems like a low-blow to include a quote about how the community needs a new restaurant in an article about a restaurant closing. And no quotes or information from the actual restaurant owners? No insight into why it closed after 23 years? You don't even include the co-owners last name, which is Reporting 101. As a journalist and a Wilmette native, I can firmly say this is poor reporting and it's extremely disappointing.
Barry February 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
This place was a treasure to the community. It was the only place that was truly alive each night, with all the live music they shared. This family was a real blessing to this community and all who live here. It was the best.


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