Good riddance, Plush
07/20/2011 10:00 PM
Some businesses are good. Some businesses are bad. Some businesses are misunderstood. But some businesses just need to learn when to get the heck out.
Plush, the “restaurant that acts like a nightclub” in the middle of the West Loop, falls into the last category. And thankfully, they seem to have gotten the message.
The restaurant did no favors to its neighbors by turning into an “ultra lounge” at night, while simultaneously failing to curtail its patrons once they were outside the restaurant’s doors. It seemed to be the bane of anyone on Madison Street that lived anywhere near it.
There are undeniably racial tensions afoot here, to some extent. Many other bars on Madison are rowdy, especially before and after games and events at the United Center. But Plush’s patrons were black and didn’t seem to be “from the neighborhood” as it was so delicately put by many commenters on our website
However, that only goes so far. Very rarely did you hear of the fights that seemed to happen relatively often outside of Plush happening at Beer Bistro, per se. And the shooting across the street from the club — while not directly linked to Plush itself — is relatively damning.
Bar owner Billy Kleronomos didn’t do himself any favors with his hard-headed tactics, either. At the three community meetings on Plush at City Hall, he was constantly combative with city officials and neighbors alike, being defensive and unwilling to discuss or compromise. He took out the race card and flaunted it over and over again, wearing it out in the process.
It seemed to be his only argument, and he was unwilling to admit that he might have been at fault even in the slightest.
So, we’re glad to hear that he’s selling the bar to another West Loop business owner. We’ve heard the name and we’re holding out hope that it’s for real. If so, it could be a great turnaround for the space.
In the meantime, though, we encourage neighbors to still get the ball rolling on a petition that would revoke Kleronomos’ liquor license. If people let down their guard and don’t follow through on what seems to be (right now) the inevitability of him losing the right to operate Plush, who knows? He might change his mind.
So get the ball rolling, unless you hear otherwise from us.