The owners of Jack Whitney's, a gastropub-style restaurant opened in the former Handke's space in the Brewery District in November, announced yesterday that they have closed for good.

The owners of Jack Whitney's, a gastropub-style restaurant opened in the former Handke's space in the Brewery District in November, announced yesterday that they have closed for good.

The reason is apparently unknown to owners Lori and Kevin Ames, who were reportedly asked to "cease operations immediately" by the landlord (who once ran McCaskey's Grill, the former tenant in the space) at 520 S. Front St.

"While it was not our decision to close the thriving restaurant, we have regrouped and come up with a plan that we are very excited about," they said in a statement released last night. "We will be relocating the concept to the old Frezno space-which, by pure and fortuitous coincidence, we closed earlier this month with plans to retool and rebrand."

The Ames had just recently closed Frezno-a bar-food concept also in the Brewery District that opened last year. Their new eatery at this location, 460 S. Front St., will be called Front Street Bar & Grill. This space, they said, has a better kitchen space and will allow them to expand the menu, while still holding on to a few favorites.

On the back patio (there are two patios in this space), plans are to add plants, lights and a pergola to make it a cigar area. In the dining room space, there will be a lounge with pool tables, shuffleboard and a retro bowling game.

The plan is to open Front Street Bar & Grill in early February.