Monday, June 22, 2015

SPIN OUT: Boystown Bar Mogul Says Someone Robbed His Pride Fest Beer Tent

This weekend's Pride Fest street party took a not-so-prideful turn for the owner of several Boystown bars.

Mark Liberson, owner of Halsted Street mainstays Hydrate, Replay, Halsted's Bar & Grill, and Elixir told his Facebook friends that someone "robbed" the Halsted's Bar & Grill beer tent at Pride Fest during a Saturday rain storm.

It's not clear if tent workers were actually robbed or if the incident was more of a theft.

Either way, the beer tent wasn't the only scene of "not nice" behavior:

In addition to two reports from people who said they were jumped or battered by offenders who took their phones on Saturday, these incidents were reported to police in our neighborhood:

Sunday

2:01AM — A man is "sliced" by his knife-wielding domestic partner at Belmont and Halsted. Victim is taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

2:39AM — Man flags down police outside of Sluggers bar, 3540 N. Clark, to report that he had been robbed. Police give him a ride home to Evanston.

4:56PM — A CPD traffic unit reports finding a man bleeding severely from his face about 100 yards west of the police station on Addison.

11:32PM — Caller reports hearing a man calling for help as another man and woman are "bashing him into the ground" in the 600 block of Roscoe.

Monday

1:53AM — Man reports that his friend's phone has just been stolen. 3700 block of Halsted. The victim agrees to walk to the station to file a report. Recorded by police as a purse snatching in case HY309398.

4:47AM — St. Joseph's Hospital calls 911. They have a robbery victim in their emergency room.
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28 comments:

  1. I guess Liberson has been blind to all the crime in the last few years. Maybe he was a jerk to another employee and they decided to get even with him. Not a nice person I have seen him be a jerk to his staff.

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  2. "Ride home to Evanston"? Nice thing to do but can we really tie up an officer for an hour with these staffing levels.

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    1. Ya know? I had a car stolen at a restaurant and the owner drove us home because the cops wouldn't (with my 87 year old grandmother).

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    2. Because I'm sure your 87 year old grandmother would have enjoyed folding herself up in the back seat of a police car behind the cage.

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  3. Liberson isn't nice at all, and hopefully it was one of his employees...

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  4. Mark, your bad karma is only gonna have worse things to come to you. Money only goes so far in life so I suggest you start reflecting and changing your life around now

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    1. I couldn't agree more... he's a douc**...... lol..... karma is a going to get you.....

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  5. Funny. They just announced in WXRT some event on Friday at "Sidetrack the video game bar" and you can win Lollapalooza tickets. The address they announced was 3449 N. Halsted which I'd assume is that Replay place. They can't get anything right here.

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    1. There is no 3449. Sidetrack is at 3349. Replay is at 3439. Also, Tunney!

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    2. They can promote the crap out of Halsted but until the neighborhood is safe all the bars will be feeling the impact. They are trying to attract people that don't know how bad the crime is.

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    3. They mentioned Sidetrack and a 34xx address which is what caught my attention, along with what I thought was "video game bar". I knew Sidetrack was a 33xx address.

      Anyway, if that was a Replay bar event, they should get a refund as I"m sure they paid alot for that ad.

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    4. My periodontist has WXRT on in his office, and I heard the ad, and Terry Hemmert said 'Sidetrack Video Bar'. (This was this afternoon.)

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    5. I just heard the ad again and it lists Sidetrack as "3449" Halsted. Oh well, I'm sure they'll find it but there are alot of Uber drivers with Indiana plates or from the likes of Waukegan that are relying solely on GPS.

      That's a major bar and a major radio station......and a major F-up.

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    6. And Replay is listed on the net as 3449.

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    7. .....and also 3439.

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  6. I think Liberson knows Halsted Street is fading. That's why he's opening a new Replay up in A'ville.

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  7. Kinda sad that bad weather did more to deter crime in the neighborhood this weekend than either the alderman or the business owners. And yes I am placing blame for crime squarely on the business owners because they put Tunney posters in their windows to help get that fool re-elected. Not to mention all the money they've given to COH over the years.

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  8. I use to work next door to Halsteds and we had to fight with them daily over the level of their music. Was not us, all the residents in the area as well. WELL, Market Days came around and they had their music up so loud they blew out the circuit breaker for the back end of the place. Was late so they closed up shop a ltl early.
    Cut to next day, Sunday, and I see all the cooks taking all this meat out to trash bins. They didn't realize that it was the same breaker as the coolers and had to toss all their meat, dairy, otherwise out. No food service for them on MD Sunday. Now that is karma!

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  9. I also worked next to Halsteds at Arco De Cuchilleros and Mark came in with a bunch of people one night and they were throwing the salt and pepper shakers at the big paella pan on the wall. Permanently denting/damaging a pan that had been in the owners family for decades. No apologies.

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  10. That was the major reason my last Market Days was about 3 years ago. The loud, obnoxiuos music. Roscoes had their speakers pointed right at the place across the streets speakers, go 1/2 block and repeat with 2 other establisments. It was like a competition of who could be the loudest for attention. Very childish.

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  11. As many illegal things as Mark & Sean do,, this is karma.
    Good luck Andersonville, they're gonna bring their crooked practices & drugs up that way next. Won't be long until A'ville is looking just as bad as Boystown.

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    1. Exactly halsted has been worse since Hydrate opened.

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    2. Oh dear God, please keep this guy out of Aville. He already ruined boystown with the help of Tunney and the thugs. A-ville is a refuge from the bullshit, but with this joker moving in, another once great neighborhood with its own unique personality, will be dumbed down and destroyed by this gross infestation.

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    3. amen brother, amen

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  12. karma!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bad things do happen to bad people.

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  13. I am concerned of the Halstedification of Andersonville with the addition of Replay. Hopefully it doesn't happen.

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    1. I suggest you get ready.
      You guys better muster some resources and get a plan that you can make work because you already lost the first round.
      It's beyond the 'notice has been served stage'. And it's not like this is a brand new movie here. It isn't.

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  14. there's good reasons why no one likes liberson....................NOONE......

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