Bitter Pops is ready to open on Lincoln Avenue

Bitter Pops Original Beer Shoppe is opening in April at 3345 N. Lincoln Avenue the weekend of April 15.  

From Bitter Pops: 

Bitter Pops Original Beer Shoppe endlessly endeavors to create the “The Ultimate Beer Experience.” We are striving to create a place where beer drinkers can experience the stories and beers from their favorite breweries. We also hope our space will encourage people to come together and enjoy the social and relaxed atmosphere that beer naturally creates.
Additionally, with a myriad of beer options in today’s market, beer drinkers can easily become overwhelmed by the beer purchasing process. Bitter Pops seeks to remedy this by applying a three tiered approach:
1) Selection:
2) Education:
3) Experience:
Finding the right beer should be simple and intuitive Learning about beer should be rewarding Journeying the process should be exciting and fun
As a specialty retail beer store, Bitter Pops focuses on selling the best selection of American Craft and International beer. Social elements of the store include:
  • Special monthly events such as brewer/supplier guest appearances
  • Weekly tastings of new beers, rare beers, and seasonal beers
  • Mini Growler & Pop service in our Tasting Room
  • Giftables, Wearables, and Packaged Edibles
Bitter Pops is located at:
3345 N. Lincoln Ave. Suite 102 
Chicago IL, 60657

Vivial Restaurant has abruptly closed

Vivial has replaced their menu outside their front door with a “We are closed” sign today. We reached out to Vivial asking if they had closed for good and they responded “Yes”.  We also checked OpenTable which confirmed no tables are available any longer.  Vivial had re-concepted last November from Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods.

More information can be read here from Eater Chicago.

Bel-Port Liquors leaving when it’s home at 1362 W. Belmont is sold

The building on the corner of Southport and Belmont that houses Bel-Port Liquors is currently for sale, and once a buyer comes through, the liquor store will be closing. Across the street, the building that once housed Flat-Top Grill, Burger Boss and Dojo Chicago is mostly vacant, so this area of Southport and Belmont could look quite different within a short period of time.

From the real-estate listing:

The first floor is occupied by Bel-Port Liquors, which currently operates under a month-to-month lease and will vacate at the time of sale. Half of the first floor and the entire second floor is currently vacant, which was previously used as storage space. A new owner can take advantage of this opportunity by gut rehabbing the existing building, into a luxurious mixed-use; retail and apartment building. Each floor has one in-place bathroom and one room with plumbing in-place for a second bathroom.

The immediate area is populated with restaurants and bars, and many national retailers. The property’s proximity to major thoroughfares and public transportation make it an ideal spot. This is a perfect value-add opportunity to a new investor.”

The price is listed at $1,250,000 and is approx. 5100 square feet. You can see the listing here.

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