BOT­TLED BLONDE BAR CLOSES PER­MA­NENTLY

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY SAM CHARLES, STAFF REPORTER scharles@suntimes.com | @samjcharle­s

After years of le­gal fights, a no­to­ri­ous River North bar and restau­rant has closed for good.

Bot­tled Blonde, 504 N. Wells St., handed over its busi­ness li­censes to the city on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Busi­ness Af­fairs and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion.

“Yes­ter­day, Bot­tled Blonde sur­ren­dered their busi­ness li­censes, per­ma­nently clos­ing the River North bar after a se­ries of se­ri­ous nui­sance con­di­tions dat­ing back to 2017,” a spokesman for the city agency said in a writ­ten state­ment. “The es­tab­lish­ment has a his­tory of egre­gious li­cense vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing over-oc­cu­pancy, noise vi­o­la­tions, public uri­na­tion, vom­it­ing and other prob­lem­atic con­di­tions that have had a se­ri­ous im­pact on neigh­bors and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. The city is pleased that yes­ter­day’s ac­tion will end three years of le­gal pro­ceed­ings with the per­ma­nent clo­sure of this prob­lem busi­ness.”

Bot­tled Blonde’s par­ent com­pany did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

In 2017, the city moved to strip the Bot­tled Blonde of its liquor li­cense after a host of al­leged li­cense vi­o­la­tions and com­plaints from res­i­dents about loud mu­sic, un­ruly pa­trons and public uri­na­tion and vom­it­ing. The es­tab­lish­ment was also crit­i­cized for im­ple­ment­ing a strict dress code.

The city again tried to strip the liquor li­cense in 2018, but a judge granted an or­der then that al­lowed the Bot­tled Blonde to stay open.

MITCHELL ARMENTROUT/SUN-TIMES FILE

Bot­tled Blonde, at 504 N. Wells St.

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