Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Is 33 Club On Its Last Legs Or What?!
(Photo: 33 Club)
Chicago magazine dropped a bombshell Wednesday afternoon and didn't even realize it.
In its weekly Dish column, dining editor Penny Pollock mentioned the return of Mama Milano's at 1419 N. Wells St.
Well, apparently that is the exact address for 33 Club.
An Ultimate Insider tells 312DD that Tony Tomaska—who owns the building that houses 33 Club—is taking back his property because the current leasees have been behind in rent for months.
My source said: "(33 Club) owes huge back rent to Tomaska, who is an investor . . . they are still in court. But there is another concept making an offer too as soon as 33 Club closes."
UPDATE: Jerry Kleiner, who was a partner from the beginning, is already out at 33 Club.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The publicist from 33 Club emailed this: "Wanted to update you that we have confirmed with ALL owners that 33 Club is definitely staying open. The address of Tony Tomaska's Mama Milano is the same as 33 Club, Nicole Miller, Bank of America et al."
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: I spoke with Tomaska this afternoon, and he said he is "100 percent behind 33 Club" and has no plans of closing it to make way for another concept. My Ultimate Insider, however, insists that the partners of 33 Club are ready to throw in the towel by the end of spring.
This is definitely shaping up to be an interesting story, and I will keep you posted on what happens . . .