The sign in the window is a bit jarring.

“Edzo’s,” it says, “will be CLOSED temporarily for an undetermined period of time.”

Sign in window at Edzo’s Burger Shop.

But unlike other eateries and stores that have gone under during the COVID-19, Edzo’s Burger Shop, at 1571 Sherman Ave. downtown, plans to come back, with a revitalized interior and a liquor license as well.

The window sign says that due to a confluence of circumstances Edzo’s is closing for while, but not for good.

Owner Eddie Lakin tells Evanston Now that the popular shop normally shuts down from Christmas to New Year’s, and then reopens.

But with the Omicron surge, the indoor dining vaccination mandate, and the usual business downturn in January, Lakin says, “It was a good opportunity to do a refresh/reboot after 12 years in the space.”

Lakin says he is updating Edzo’s, “doing deep cleaning, adding a liquor license, setting things up to make sense in a post-covid world.”

The goal is for a “grand re-opening” sometime in the spring, possibly late April or early May.

Lakin says, “We love being part of the Evanston community and can’t wait to present our new, brighter, shinier look once the weather gets a bit warmer!”

And as for the liquor license, hold the milkshake. I’ll have a beer with that burger and fries.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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