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06/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dixie Kitchen, Hyde Park Restaurant Touted On TV By Obama, Closing

The Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop, a staple of the Hyde Park restaurant scene that President Obama once touted on "Check, Please!", is closing in June, the Hyde Park Herald Reports.

Owner Carol Andresen told the Herald she was closing the restaurant after the University of Chicago, which owns the Harper Court shopping center, declined to renew her lease.

Andresen plans to recreate the bulk of Dixie Kitchen's top dishes, like jambalaya, gumbo, catfish and fried green tomatoes, at the nearby Calypso Cafe, which she also owns.

Calypso remains the lone holdout to the University of Chicago, which plans to redevelop the courtyard, Crain's Shia Kapos reports. All the other tenants, including the Hyde Park Animal Clinic, have left.

Watch then-State Senator Obama talk about Dixie Kitchen on the first episode of "Check, Please!" in 2001: