Tonight and Saturday will be its final two days, and transactions will be cash only, with a two-for-one deal on all draft beer "from 4 p.m. till it's gone," according to a post on the Cooper's on Porter page on Facebook.
Chef-owner Cooper Brunk confirmed the closing via email. "We've been in a slump for some time and I can no longer keep it going," he said.
Brunk, an accomplished chef and a veteran of both Ombi and MacK & Kate's, said he may take a break from the restaurant industry for a while. Asked about hints he might have another business in the works, he said he couldn't comment, but added, "We'll see."
Cooper's on Porter got good notices when it opened in January, with the Scene's Carrington Fox saying: "Dark and cozy, with comfortable booths and a manly vibe underscored by a deep bench of bottled and draft beers, Cooper's could be described as a fortunate collision of Brown's Diner and Rumours — made for a man but pretty enough for a woman. Or made for beer folks but culinary enough for food people."
The restaurant space is a retail anchor of the Porter East development, which includes housing for hearing-impaired residents along with shops. Another retail tenant, The Almond Tree Bakery recently announced on Facebook that it's taking a hiatus because the owners are expecting their first child.