A bit like its namesake bird flying south for the winter, Red Robin Burger Works, which opened in downtown Evanston last spring is shutting its restaurant here this fall.

In an email message to customers today the Colorado-based chain announced the closure of the restaurant, located at 1700 Maple Ave. in a portion of the former Borders bookstore in the Church Street Plaza development.

Plans for the restaurant were announced in June 2015. The restaurant reportedly employed 10 to 12 workers per shift.

Instead of promising to return next spring, the company email invited customers to visit other outlets of the chain in Skokie and Norridge.

Red Robin opened at roughly the same time as another quick-serve burger joint — Epic Burger — a couple blocks away in the Sherman Plaza Development.

I similar face-off between two quick-serve pizza chains in late July when 800 Degrees pizza in Sherman Plaza closed just nine months after it opened, in the face of competition from Blaze Pizza just a block away.

Update 10/3/16: Chicago Business reports Red Robin has closed all five of its Burger Works outlets in the Chicago area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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