Monday, January 14, 2019

BREAKING: Dave & Buster’s nixes move to Water Tower

A proposal to move the Chicago location of Dave & Buster’s arcade-restaurant to a 42,000 square-foot space in the Water Tower Place shopping mall has been canceled, according to an email today from Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd).

Community opposition to the proposal was sharp during a public meeting on Dec. 18th. Local residents expressed concerns about how D&B and Water Tower would manage neighborhood impact of their plan serve to liquor until 2 a.m. to up to 1,500 patrons

“Based on the considerable opposition to the proposal I received from neighbors in Streeterville via phone, email, social media, and in person, I have informed Dave & Buster’s that I cannot support their intention,” to move to the iconic mall at 835 North Michigan, Hopkins wrote.

An attorney for D&B said at the December meeting that the company had already signed a lease to take over the west half of Water Tower’s fourth floor. But those plans appear dead in the wake of Hopkins’ announcement.

“As was stated during that community hearing, no application for this proposal was ever submitted to the city or to my office,” Hopkins said. “Dave & Buster’s confirms that they will not proceed with any application to relocate to Water Tower Place.”

Late last week, CWBChicago approached Hopkins and the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) to confirm information from a source that the D&B project had been scuttled. Hopkins did not respond, but SOAR president Deborah Gershbein said in an email that her group had not been informed of any plans to cancel the project.

“SOAR will be publishing an official statement concerning Dave and Busters next week after the SOAR Board of Directors meeting,” Gershbein said in an email on Friday afternoon. “Our number one concern is about the safety and well being of residents and visitors to Streeterville.  We have looked at the situation carefully and spoken with many residents and community stakeholders.  Our position will reflect the input that we have received from both.”

It was not immediately clear if D&B will continue operations at 1035 North Clark Street, where the Chicago outlet has been located since the 1990's. An attorney for the company said at the December community meeting that the company's lease was up at the Clark Street location. He did not respond to questions about whether the company had been offered a lease renewal at the Clark Street property.

Previous coverage

Streeterville: Plan to move Dave & Buster's to Water Tower Place is focus of Tuesday meeting
Water Tower, Dave & Buster's have already signed a lease, audience told at fiery meeting: "It's become thugland!"
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