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ROCKS Lincoln Park Closing, Moving to North Center

By Paul Biasco | April 24, 2014 7:42am
 ROCKS Lincoln Park is moving to North Center, where the former Corner 41 was located.
ROCKS Lincoln Park is moving to North Center, where the former Corner 41 was located.
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LINCOLN PARK — ROCKS Lincoln Park is preparing to serve its last beer, burger and whiskey May 7 to move to a larger location in North Center.

The Lincoln Park ROCKS at 301 W. Schubert Ave. is the original location of the bar, which also has a Lakeview location.

Owners Tim Shepardson and George Manta said the move to North Center was to accommodate the bar's growing popularity.

"I think the excitement that we have for this new location in North Center trumps any sort of sentimentality that we are feeling about leaving our original space," Shepardson said.

Paul Biasco joins DNAinfo Radio to talk about ROCKS Lincoln Park's move to North Center:

The new ROCKS location will be located at 4138 N. Lincoln Ave. and will be three times the size of the Lincoln Park ROCKS.

Patrons of the new spot will feel right at home, as the furniture, decor, glassware and staff from Lincoln Park will be moving to the North Center location, which was previously Corner 41.

The North Center ROCKS will feature an L-shaped outdoor patio and 18-foot indoor shuffleboard.

Popular events such as Tuesday night trivia and Pay-Per-View wrestling parties will still be held, as Manta is a wrestling fanatic, Shepardson said.

ROCKS in North Center will also be open for lunch.

Shepardson said the Lincoln Park ROCKS had its most successful year in its nine-year history in 2013, but he and Manta wanted a bigger place.

"We felt like after about nine years in the space we had maxed out our potential," Shepardson said. "We felt like this place gives us more of an opportunity to succeed."

The co-owners recently completed an expansion of their Lakeview ROCKS to its third storefront at 3463 N. Broadway.

The Lakeview location is going to serve as a blueprint for success at the new location, Shepardson said.

The announcement of the move Wednesday is the second of a bar leaving the Lincoln Park area in two weeks.

John Barleycorn is closing its Lincoln Park location, and its last day in business will be May 17.