Monday, March 17, 2014

BARRED: Tavern Patrons Weren't The Only Ones In Hot Water This Weekend

Over-served patrons did not have a monopoly on bad news emanating from area bars this St. Patrick's Day weekend. At least two bars—one in Boystown and one in nearby Lincoln Park—found themselves on the receiving end of police service, too.

At 5:45 Friday evening, an arrest was made at Bonsai Bar & Lounge, 3503 N. Halsted, after two police units went there on a "liquor investigation." The exact nature of the violation at Bonsai is not known.

Bonsai's owner, Frank Elliott, was arrested at the bar in November after being accused of intentionally setting fire to a gay bar he owned in Oak Park.

Down in LP, Trinity Bar, 2721 N. Halsted, was found to be operating without at least one required license. A police officer recorded the incident as a liquor license violation in case HX185977 around 3PM on Saturday and a CWB reader tells us that all patrons were removed from the bar when the violation was discovered.

City records indicate that Trinity failed a city health inspection last Thursday and a re-inspection on Friday. Both failures are listed in city records as being "Risk 1 (High)" violations.

13 comments:

  1. At the Bonsai Bar when the police taser someone do the have to yell " Tora, Tora, Tora" ?

    As for Trinity Bar, I had the unfortunate experience of going in there about 2 weeks ago. It was afternoon and I ordered a glass of beer and a sandwich. Well, when I tried to pick up the glass it went sliding out of my hand and landed back on the bar. There was grease on the outside of that glass and I wondered what may be on the inside of it. I politely asked the bar person to cancel my food order, paid for my spilled beer and got out of there fast and never to return.

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  2. Just curious how does the website find this information out? Is it online somewhere to look?

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    1. Facebook is a good source too. Some of them are stupid enough to have public profiles.

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  3. Wow, getting your bar shut down at 3:00 p.m. on the Saturday before St. Patty's Day -- that has to sting a little.

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    1. That bar owner has learned a painful lesson to pay the city government their bribes in a timely manner.

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  4. I wondered how a bar can still operate when it's owner as been arrested for arson inside of it. I'm sure somebody will chime in with some legal jargon but it looks like the cops take care of this in the own way. I could never go in there.

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    1. Because a person arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He was charged not convicted. Now the latest Liquor violations might speed up licensing issues. It's probably being watched closely.

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    2. What was it, a year long investigation to arrest him for something that was clearly obvious in the first place? Let's see.....my bar isn't doing to good in the 'burbs so I'll burn it down and the next week land a spot on the prime strip. Don't complain about the wait time for your robbers to go through "they system" either then.

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  5. It has to sting a lot for the patrons of that unclean spot when they get hauled off to the ER with food poisoning.

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    1. It seems to get rave reviews by it's owner, employees, managers and friends though.

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  6. I understand that noted arsonist and terrible liar Frank Elliott is provided by law with the Presumption of Innocence but there is far more evidence of Elliott's guilt than there is of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev;s guilt...

    Does anyone know the date of Frank Elliott's next Court appearance?

    Hoping that he'll be spending Pride in a state penitentiary for fabricating a hate crime and burning down the bar.

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    1. Up! Up! Up! Up aaaand over the top!

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  7. Did Trinity Bar open Wednesday March 19th, while their license was still suspended?

    It appears Trinity Bar failed inspection again Thursday March 20th and didn't pass until Friday March 21st.

    It seems sink drainage was still a problem on March 20th: "....comments: waste water backing up on the 3rd compartment sink of the 3 compartment sink when we pulled out the drain stopper from the middle compartment sink. Instructed to repair to have a well draining sink...."

    Trinity Bar: http://chicago.everyblock.com/food-inspections/mar21-trinity-bar-passed-inspection-6058820/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

    Recent health inspections:

    March 21, 2014 (Pass)
    March 20, 2014 (Fail
    March 14, 2014 (Fail):
    March 13, 2014 (Fail)
    March 6, 2014 (Fail)

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