UPTOWN — Nearing its 10th anniversary in Uptown, Crew Bar and Grill is undergoing an almost $100,000 makeover.
Crew, at 4804 N. Broadway (next door to the Green Mill), has been closed this week with renovations underway at the sports-themed gay bar.
"It will be our 10th year in July of this coming year, and we just wanted to go ahead and do some updates," said co-owner Brian Wells. "It's just keeping the place fresh, and there was an opportunity at this time to make some changes."
Another one of the bar's four co-owners, Mark Robertson, said the renovation cost about $90,000, about $50,000 of which is coming from a city Small Business Improvement Fund grant they applied for in the winter.
The renovation includes new floors, repainted ceilings and walls, and "a little reconfiguration," of the space, Wells said. He said that Crew should also be better insulated, making it "warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer," after improvements.
The owners had hoped to reopen Crew on Friday, but sent an email to customers Friday morning saying the public wouldn't be able to see the bar's new look until Saturday because of weather-related delays.
And it could take up to two weeks before they unveil the new custom-built glass, steel and quartz facade, which is the update the owners were most excited about. They are putting in a new facade that will be "more open," and bring more sunlight into the restaurant.
"It's going to be a much more inviting space, because the front facade will have about 11 feet of glass, versus what used to be about 6 feet of glass, and it will completely open up," Roberts said. "So in the summer when the weather's good and we have the sidewalk cafe open, we can fold open the glass doors and there won't be any partitions in between them, so people can walk in and out freely."
The crew behind Crew also owns the SoFo Tap, 4923 N. Clark St.