EDGEWATER — A businessman needs to open a pub within the spot of a former standard LGBTQ bar in Edgewater.
Randall’s Pub is hoping to debut at 6341 N. Clark St., however the enterprise wants a zoning change and the lifting of a neighborhood liquor moratorium earlier than it may possibly open.
The bar can be operated by Randy Toledano and Juan Arellano. Toledano has lived within the space for greater than twenty years and labored for years at Stress Billiards, the Edgewater pool corridor that just lately closed.
Randall’s would take over the area previously occupied by Parlour on Clark, a homosexual bar that opened in 2010. Parlour closed in 2014 as enterprise died down.
The homeowners sought to promote the enterprise, however these efforts have been stymied by a liquor moratorium instituted on this stretch of Clark Avenue the yr prior, in line with DNAinfo Chicago. The liquor moratorium was enacted to offer neighbors extra say in what opened on the road, aides for Ald. Harry Osterman (forty eighth) and then-Ald. Pat O’Connor stated on the time.
To open within the area, Randall’s homeowners want the liquor moratorium overturned and the property rezoned. Their enterprise proposal was introduced at a neighborhood assembly final week.
Toledano plans to make use of a number of the current tavern options from Parlour, together with the wooden bar. The enterprise would have an outside space and shuffleboard, Toledano stated on the assembly.
Randall’s would host trivia and karaoke nights, and Toledano hopes the enterprise generally is a hub for neighbors’ non-public events, fundraisers and occasions.
The constructing’s facade acquired a brand new coat of blue paint just a few years in the past, and stars have been added to the home windows for a Chicago flag theme. Toledano stated he plans so as to add a portray of the skyline to the facade, and he’ll enhance the constructing with planters and different ornament.
“I would like it to be somewhat bit totally different,” Toledano stated. “I’m more than pleased to work with whoever … to offer a brand new vacation spot for individuals to go to.”
Randall’s would shut at regular bar hours and wouldn’t search a late-night license, Toledano stated.
Toledano stated he hopes to open in October ought to he be granted the rezoning and liquor license.
A second neighborhood assembly on the proposed enterprise shall be held subsequent month, stated Dan Luna, Osterman’s chief of employees. After that assembly, Osterman will sign whether or not he helps the rezoning and moratorium elevate, Luna stated.
Randall’s wouldn’t be the one new bar on the block. Whiskey Woman Tavern opened within the former Stress Billiards, 6318 N. Clark St., earlier this month.
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