MOUNT GREENWOOD — TR's Pub will have a final bash Saturday as the last days of the Mount Greenwood bar loom.
Firewater Saloon plans to buy the building and replace the neighborhood tavern at 3908 W. 111th St. with a country-themed bar and barbecue restaurant. Jamie Suckow, an owner of the saloon, said last month that she'd like to open in December.
It will be the first location outside Edison Park for the saloon, which previously showed interest in the former Leona's restaurant in Morgan Park before settling on the larger location 2 miles west.
Mount Greenwood "was just a better fit," Suckow said then.
Tom Sullivan and his wife, Elmira, have owned TR's Pub for 37 years. The pair said no closing date has been set, but they are prepared to sell the business whenever the saloon's lawyers want to finalize the deal.
The final bash was arranged Saturday by customers concerned the deal would close at the end of the month, said Elmira Sullivan — though she said Tuesday that such details have not been determined.
"I am just thrilled to death that this did go through," she said, adding that the saloon owners recently placed a deposit on the property and have been there several times for inspections.
Tom Sullivan said he's excited for the party that will take place from during normal business hours from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. He might throw a couple pizzas in the oven. Other than that, there's nothing special planned, just visiting with longtime friends and customers.
A Mount Greenwood native, Tom Sullivan said he invited the owners of Firewater Saloon to the party, thinking perhaps they'd want to introduce themselves to those who have a history of supporting his pub.
Firewater Saloon also recently announced plans to open a location in Streeterville, which drew a less-than-enthusiastic reception from Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) and neighbors, who say the bar attracts a rowdy late-night crowd.
But 19th Ward Ald. Matt O'Shea has been eager to accommodate the saloon as well as its chef, AJ Castillo. He took over the deal to replace Leona's and is planning a Mexican restaurant there called Americanos.
"I think it will be a great addition to those neighborhoods," O'Shea said last month about both Americanos and Firewater Saloon.