I spoke with Mazen Muna, owner of the Dogg Haus restaurants, this week. Sadly, one of his longtime friends and an employee died this week.
We also traded emails, so I'll let Muna's words tell the story.
"On Tuesday night, my dear childhood friend, part-time employee and older brother to a current employee, lost control of his Motorcycle on North Avenue east of Prospect, while riding with a group of friends. Wednesday morning, he passed away due to head injuries.
"His Name was Nick Amezquita. He left behind a large and caring family, hundreds of friends, two young boys and his wife, Stephanie. Many of you may recognize him, and many more will recognize his brother, Nathaniel."
Muna¬†met Amezquita in middle school. ¬†They¬†grew up together, went to high school together, too, and remained friends throughout the years. In 2005, Amezquita¬†painted the mural of the cartoonish Chicago skyline on the back wall at the Brady Street Dogg Haus location. ¬†He was still a part-time employee at the Dogg Haus. ¬†
Muna told me that "(Amezquita) worked for Time-Warner as a full-time job and was also the president of the Moto Psycho‚Äôs motorcycle club." ¬†
In honor of Amezquita, all Dogg Haus locations with the exception of the Brady Street location will close at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, so that staff can attend the funeral.
A fundraiser for the Amezquita family will be held Sunday¬†at Moct, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., from 6 p.m. until midnight.¬†