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The Squared Circle, the Bar Owned By an Ex-WWE Wrestler, Closes

The pizza, burgers, and beer weren’t fake

The Squared Circle
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Unlike The Undertaker’s retirement last week from the WWE, there was no poignant goodbye for The Squared Circle, the wrestling-focused sports bar and restaurant on Ashland Avenue near Lincoln Park. Owned by former WWE/TNA wrestler Lisa Marie Varon and her husband, the bar tapped out on Monday, closing out a four-year run. However, Varon and her social media team left the door ajar for a comeback at a new location.

Fans knew Varon during her wrestling days as “Victoria” in the WWE and “Tara” in TNA. She used her pro-wrestling connections to make her bar a popular hangout for wrestling fans. Varon would make appearances and other wrestlers would visit and chat with patrons.

The Squared Circle became a viral sensation across the country back in 2015 thanks to a video showing Varon’s husband, Lee Varon, bodyslam a gunman inside the bar. Varon ran the bar while his wife spent most of her time in California. The video brought complications that led Lisa Marie Varon to say she wanted to to close the bar.

Some fans via Facebook have asked Varon to reopen in the suburbs, but Chicago also lacks an abundance of wrestling/MMA bars. Will The Squared Circle make a comeback? Sound off in the comments.

Victoria enters the arena
Lisa Maria Varon, known as “Victoria,” at a WWE event back in 2003.
Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The Squared Circle

2418 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 904-8170 Visit Website