Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sox fan favorite Jimbo's to close

White Sox shrine Jimbo's Lounge losing its lease

(Crain’s) — Jimbo’s Lounge, the Bridgeport bar where White Sox fans gather before, during and after games, may be serving its last beer and Italian beef at the end of next month at its current location.

The South Side institution at 3258 S. Princeton Ave., which bills itself as the anti-Cubby Bear, is losing its lease and owners Jim and Joyce Levato are anxiously wondering if their years of serving pizza burgers, ocean perch dinners and cold beer are drawing to an unexpected close.

“Everything’s up in the air right now,” Ms. Levato said. “I really don’t know what we’re going to do.”

She said she and her husband received a letter a couple of weeks ago from the building owner’s attorney stating that the lease would not be renewed after it expires Sept. 30. They attempted to reach the landlord in an effort to cut a deal, but have failed.

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