The following message from owner Jill Cohen was shared on Joséphine's Facebook page:
"It is true… every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…
For me, my new beginning comes from Joséphine’s end. Owning and operating a restaurant under perfect conditions is not for the faint of heart, and post-Covid, it became a non-starter. A laughter-filled dining room bustling with energy became replaced by the silent hum of an air conditioner. As I stood in the empty space one last time, I looked around and was full of pride for the amazing, vibrant restaurant that was Joséphine, ever mindful though that I did not do it alone.
My deepest thanks and appreciation to Executive Chef Shaun Connolly for consistently serving the best food this town has to offer - bar none; to GM Emily Sondervan who kept the front of house flawless and kept me sane; to Rachel Arnett, the most amazingly skilled and personable bartender I could have ever asked for (oh, how I’ll miss her cocktails!); to sous chef Jon Hager for working so damn hard; and to all the many outstanding servers, line cooks (Bailey!), dishwashers, SAs, and hosts who worked tirelessly in an effort to create memorable dining experiences.
Last, but not least, to all the guests who graced Joséphine for dinner and drinks, parties and special events, my sincere gratitude for choosing Joséphine to spend your time and money.
While it is closing time for Joséphine, there is a new beginning. I am happily returning to my simple life in Chicago, to my law practice and to my husband and new puppy Cocoa, and hopefully to many future vacations! Wishing all of you health and happiness in the months and years to come."
The restaurant was located at 64 Spring Street.