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T's Bar: 'A Ton of Interest' in Opening New Night Spot

By Adeshina Emmanuel | April 12, 2013 6:36am | Updated on April 12, 2013 8:16am

UPTOWN — T's Bar won't be reopening, but several offers have been made to fill the hole left in Uptown and Andersonville's night life since the popular joint was closed recently by the Cook County sheriff, local business leaders said.

Former owner Colm Treacy said that T's, a 12-year-old neighborhood staple, is gone for good.

Landlord Julie Mai declined to comment on the fate of the bar at 5025 N. Clark St., which she said was closed after Treacy failed to pay several months rent.

But Andersonville Development Corporation managing director Colleen O'Toole said there are already offers on the table, and "there's been a ton of interest in the space."

"All of the interest has been pretty similar to what the previous concept was: a restaurant/bar concept" that would be open until at least 2 a.m., O'Toole said.

There have been at least four different ideas sent to the location's leasing agent, and three of them came from bar and restaurant owners from other parts of the city looking to expand in Andersonville, O'Toole said.

Jason Cox, associate director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, also said "there's been a lot of interest in the space" — and a lot of sadness over the departure of T's.

"It had been in the neighborhood for a long time. A lot of people seem to have a lot of memories there, and I think people are pretty sad its gone," Cox said.

Another Treacy establishment, The Glenwood, in Rogers Park, has also faced its share of controversy.

Customers at the bar blasted Treacy, boycotted The Glenwood and promised never to return after longtime manager and part-time owner Renee Labrana was cut off from the business.

"I'm heartwarmed by the outpouring of support by the community," said Rick Nyman a longtime bartender at The Glenwood who also was fired by Treacy. "It was Renee's bar. She was the blood, sweat and tears."

Contributing: Ben Woodard