Hey, Dearborn—Share Your Memories, Photos of Cheli's!

The popular restaurant and bar closed Wednesday after 10 years in business.

Wednesday night, Dearborn said goodbye to Cheli's Chili.

Management of the restaurant announced Monday that the business would be closing.

A post on Cheli's Dearborn Facebook page Monday read, "We are sad to say that our Dearborn location will be closing its doors Wednesday. Thank you for 10 GREAT years!! Our awesome customers have made our job very easy."

The west downtown Dearborn restaurant and bar, owned by Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios, had been open for 10 years. The original downtown Detroit location is still open.

Were you a fan of Cheli's? Was it your favorite place to go to watch the fireworks for Dearborn Homecoming festival, or your go-to stop to see sporting events?

Share your memories of Cheli's in the comments section. You can also share your photos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button on this page.

Farewell, Cheli's, and thanks for the memories!

laplateau February 21, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Does anyone have pictures of the old Woodworth House restaurant on Michigan Ave? I loved that place. I believe it dated back to the 1800's...it was truly special. It sat where the Burger King is now located, on the north side of Michigan Ave. and just west of Fairlane Ford.
Rich February 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Surprise! Another one bites the dust! And this was not a small, one-location, under-funded operation. Fortunately I feel immensely confident that the new City Hall will brings countless numbers of new people & businesses rushing into Dearborn to gaze upon the wonderful accomplishments of our current administration.
laplateau February 21, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Oh Rich...you are SO facetious! Love your ironic dry humor
B. Dub February 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM
We gave this place several chances despite the fact that the food was average but they still charged "big city" prices. We never got good service in there. In fact, the last time we tried to give them another chance, we were told by the hostess, "someone will be right with you." We waited 10 minutes and during that time, we were told "someone will be right with you." It was a slow Tuesday night, but nobody ever sat us. I'm not happy to see it go, but it is not unexpected.
becki kain February 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM
the food was okay and very expensive for bar food. it is sad to see it go but at least it was bought by someone, not abandoned.
Aridog February 22, 2013 at 05:55 PM
You're an old dude like me if you recall the Woodworth House. Do you remeber the huge (and lousy) martinis and manhattans? 4:00 PM Friday's were a madhouse inside most weeks.
bitsy08 April 01, 2013 at 01:06 PM
That's what I don't understand about this Patch. If it was bought by someone else, why don't you say that in the article? Instead, you leave us thinking they just closed the restaurant and nothing else is going in there. Did the sale go through or is it indeed, closed and empty? BTW. I don't remember reading anything about the sale in this Patch either. I read about it in Deep Said What. Perhaps I'll go there to find the answer to my question.
Lee Jacobsen April 02, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Bitsy, Patch is like all of us, imperfect in some way, except for Axxel who must have a crush on Henry Ford in his next life..... so Patch can only surmise as to what will happen and what will be , just like the rest of us. Remember when we saw someone do something dumb, like wreck a stolen car on TV, yet the driver, obviously guilty, is only allegedly guilty until proven in a court of law. Ditto for opinions on the Fate of Chelios, perhaps it will become a deluxe Subway. That is known as speculation, assumptions, suppositions, all subject to change and another way of simply 'guessing'.
John Tolliver April 08, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Yeah it sold to the le cigar owner. It will be a arab nightclub/hookah bar. I think that is bullshit. Also for the how we had poor service comment yeah okay sure. I worked there and the waitstaff and management were great and treat u like family dat in and day out.


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