Okay, sports fans. The time has come to pour one out for Cheli’s Chili Bar. The downtown Detroit sports bar owned by former Detroit Red Wing and hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios is preparing to close its last location permanently on November 24.
The restaurant, located at 47 E Adams Ave., announced on social media today that it will be going out with a farewell week from November 18 to November 24 that culminates in a closing party at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Other events include a Lions Tailgate party at 9 a.m. on Sunday and customer service appreciation days with food, drinks, and memorabilia specials beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Chelios imported the Cheli’s restaurant concept to metro Detroit in the early aughts after shuttering a version of the establishment in Chicago. At one time there were several locations of the restaurant in metro Detroit, but they eventually dwindled to the Adams Avenue restaurant.
While his days on the ice as a Red Wing ended in 2010, Chelios stayed with the team until last summer when he returned to his hometown of Chicago. It now seems the restaurant is going with him. Chelios plans to open a Mexican spot called Cheli’s Cantina, according to Eater Chicago.