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37-Year-Old FitzGerald’s Music Club is Up For Sale and More Intel

Plus, Wiener’s Circle now offers delivery

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.

FitzGerald’s Night Club, the legendary live music venue for many acts in suburban Berwyn, is for sale. The Tribune reported that owner Bill FitzGerald is stepping down as the club’s talent buyer and has enlisted the same broker that sold two other music venues — Schuba’s in Lakeview and Lincoln Hall in Lincoln Park. The club’s been around for 37 years, and FitzGerald wants to preserve that legacy. He delivered this poignant quote: “It’s not like selling a restaurant in Lincoln Park or the West Loop,” he said. “You have to thread the needle and find somebody that’s got a love of the music.”

— Chicagoans now live in a world where they can order Wiener’s Circle hot dogs online for delivery. This way customers will be safe from any insults hurled at them by staff. A Postmates rep said they’ll deliver the hot dog stand’s entire menu, but it’s unclear if that includes the infamous “Chocolate Shake.” It’s an exclusive delivery partnership. Postmates has also unveiled alcoholic drink delivery. Customers can get beer or wine in 25 minutes or less.

The situation at Treehouse Humane Society’s cat cafe may not be so purrfect after all. Though the cafe doesn’t serve food, it failed a health inspection, reported DNAinfo. The cafe claimed it’s working with the city to resolve the problem and they would be opening Thursday. It’s unclear if that ever happened as the shelter isn’t returning phone calls. Treehouse’s Debbie Hinde was making the media rounds — including TV appearances — but has all of a sudden gone dark. She didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St., has added a downtown sidewalk patio with 12 outdoor seats. They’re also offering a special drink menu for sidewalk patrons with cocktails including “Smoking Bubbles” (mezcal, cointreau, watermelon, mint, champagne), “Cherry Fizz Clink” (cherry-infused vodka, gin, cherry bitters, lemon, cucumbers) and “Peaches & Oak” (vanilla-peach-infused bourbon, peach puree, lemon, torched rosemary). The restaurant’s full Eastern European-inspired menu is also available.

— The owner of Cesar’s Killer Margaritas, the Mexican restaurant with two Lakeview locations, has been accused of underreporting $1 million in sales over a three-year period from 2012 to 2015 at its location at 3166 N. Clark St. Sandra Sanchez was charged with theft and tax evasion for defrauding the state out of more than $100,000, according to an Illinois attorney general’s news release. Sanchez allegedly used now-banned “tax-zapper” software to file the false records. The state banned that software in 2013. Sanchez is due in Cook County court on Sept. 6. It’s unclear if the location at 2924 N. Broadway St. is affected.

Cullinan's Stadium Club, a Morgan Park bar at 11610 S. Western Ave., is closing after 29 years of business. The bar was initially closed in December for tax reasons, reported DNAinfo, but customers raised money to keep the bar open. A summer sales slump doomed the bar.

Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 955-0439 Visit Website

Cullinan's Stadium Club

11610 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 445-5620