The new owner of Carol’s Pub has found a few mysteries inside the 45-year-old North Side dive. The biggest holdup preventing the bar from reopening — it’s been closed since September 2016 — has been fixing the west wall that faces Clark Street. The late-night dive has been a popular spot for cheap beer and live country music for decades at 4659 N. Clark Street.
Ed Warm called the wall a “nightmare.” Uptown Update reported that the wall’s being replaced because it wasn’t structurally sound. Given that construction, Warm said “we are getting close.” While not committing to an opening date, Warm hopes to give Carol’s adoring fans an update and more details on what he’s planned for the bar sometime in November.
Warm took over Carol’s earlier this year. He also owns Joe’s on Weed Street, the gigantic sports bar that hosts live music in Lincoln Park. Warm’s not looking to bring that crowd to Carol’s and wants to maintain the atmosphere that kept loyal fans in the bar well past midnight. Carol’s had a late-night liquor license so it can serve until 4 a.m. every day; until 5 a.m. going from Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Carol’s closed abruptly two years ago with the former owners accumulating debt that led to the shutter. Stay tuned for any updates on this 2018 comeback.