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The Blind Robin Abruptly Closes, 'Keep, Cheap, Cheepin' On,' Bar Says

By Alisa Hauser | June 13, 2017 9:47am
 The Blind Robin has closed.
The Blind Robin has closed.
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UKRAINIAN VILLAGE —  Reliable and friendly Western Avenue bar The Blind Robin has abruptly closed.

"We're sad to announce that Blind Robin is closed. Keep cheap cheepin' on. Thanks for the good times Bobbos," bar posted on its Facebook page Monday.

A sign in the window of the Ukrainian Village bar, which opened in 2007, simply said, "The Blind Robin is closed. Sorry for the inconvenience."

The Blind Robin, 853 N. Western Ave., is owned by Stephen Kopka and John Vargo, according to state records.

Kopka and Vargo, who are also owners of the three-story, two-unit apartment building that The Blind Robin anchors, could not be reached for comment.

A now off-market real estate listing from March 2016 for the building and storefront pitches it as "incredible opportunity to own a well-regarded turnkey staple bar in Ukrainian Village (The Blind Robin)."

There has been no recorded real estate transfer yet to indicate a possible sale.

Yelp reviewers praised the bar for being a “perfect place to go before a show at the Empty Bottle," a music venue a half block north. Though initially cash only, The Blind Robin began accepting credit and debit cards last year.

In addition to drinks, the bar also offered lots of board and card games and a few pinball machines.