It was business as usual inside Boss Bar on Friday night, as the River North neighborhood bar reopened following a health department-forced three-day hiatus. Many of the regulars, including Alderman Brendan Reilly, were posted up around the bar despite the "over 50 live cockroaches nesting and crawling on kitchen walls" and "over 100 live fruit flies" that were reported inside just three days earlier. One bartender simply called the temporary closing a "nice vacation."
While Boss Bar is back open, it won't be in it's current state for long. The first stage of the planned renovations—marrying the next door space and adding a pizzeria window, expanded seating, a second bar, and a new menu—will be completed next month, according to contractor Sam De Stefano. The second stage, a keycard-entry nightclub component, will open down the line.
Whether the renovations will help the old-school bar compete with the glut of trendy nightlife spots in River North, including Three Dots and a Dash, which had a 20-minute wait at 6:30 p.m., remains to be seen.
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