First came the news that the folks behind Lakeview's Wilde Bar were setting up shop in Andersonville, in a space on Clark Street, a couple blocks north of Foster. Now comes word via the Edgewater Community Buzz, that after the end of the year, on the 5400 block of North Clark, the lesbian bar Stargaze will be out, and a new restaurant/sports bar will be in.
The Edgewater Development Corp. and Edgewater Community Council will hold a meeting on Jan. 7 where the community will be able to hear presentations on the proposed development at 5419 N. Clark St. According to the agenda, Candy Bar Entertainment, LLC and affiliates are seeking to acquire the Stargaze space and put in "a restaurant specializing in desserts and BB-Q, a small bar, a live entertainment venue featuring cabaret style shows ... and private party entertainment packages for the Chicagoland areas during off peak business hours."
The group that wants to open the new spot (as I go into my lawyer in a cheap suit voice) "featuring cabaret style shows" also operates the Four Shadows Tavern & Grill, at Ashland and Diversey.
I'm not about to cry NIMBY, but a look at some of the offerings at Four Shadows may give residents in the once sleepy Andersonville neighborhood reason to shudder: Game Day (and that means Bears, Iowa, Marquette, UFC, etc.) specials of $5 Jager Bombs, $4 22 oz. Miller Lites, and $8 dollar Miller Lite pitchers. But maybe they are planning to branch out into something different, and this group could bring an interesting new dynamic to the neighborhood.
It wasn't that long ago, though, that the only places in that area where anyone could go to have a drink and watch a game were Charlie's Ale House and the bar at Calo restaurant, and the "strip," as it was, closed down soon after dark. Soon, though, there could be a handful of such places within a few blocks of each other. Such is the nature of an ever-changing city, I suppose.