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Crust Pizza Closes Amid High Rent, Financial Struggles

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Crust Pizza, a self-described organic, green, neighborhood eatery located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, served up its last piece of cheese-covered deliciousness on New Year's Eve.

The restaurant's general manager Todd Feinberg cited "the financial climate" coupled with "the extremely high rent, well above market value," of their 2056 W. Division St. shop as the reasons behind the sudden closing, Eater Chicago reports.

The restaurant, which opened in May 2007, featured an array of pizzas, ranging from classics like Margherita to unique offerings like a "Mexicali Blues" shrimp pizza, organic salads, seasonal antipastos and an expansive menu of beers, wines and cocktails. Their menu emphasized local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

"It's been a good run. We will miss everyone. Thank you for all the love!" Crust's Facebook page read as of Sunday.

The restaurant's flammkuchen (or "flame cake") pizza was listed fourth among Chicago magazine's 2010 ranking of the 25 best pizzas in the city, lauded as "so creamy and clean you can’t help but turn up your nose at the greasy muddle that passes for most American pizza."

As NBC Chicago points out, the news follows on the heels of Charlie Trotter's critically-acclaimed restaurant also preparing to close its doors in August.

Feinberg and the restaurant's owner and chef Michael Altenberg will now, according to Eater, focus their efforts on their French restaurant Bistro Campagne, located in the city's Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Photo by joebeone via Flickr.

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