Monday, November 16, 2009

Winston’s Cafe - Time Out Chicago

The former manager of the Chicago Eagle is having a little trouble bringing the Eagle back. While he waits for the ability to get the Eagle's liquor license back, he's opened a cafe in the meantime, and if you're a fan of the Eagle, you'd better hit Winston's up in the meantime to help him bring the Eagle back!

Winston’s Cafe - Time Out Chicago:
"Knee-deep in debt, Stephens soldiered on. “I was at a loss,” he says. “I had to open something.” Enter Winston’s Cafe. Named for Stephens’s English setter, the café opens the week of Monday 16 as a coffeehouse with soup and sandwiches, free Wi-Fi and an unusual niche: It aims to be open 24 hours. “Friends of mine say, ‘But the carpets roll up in this area at ten o’clock,’ ” Stephens says. “And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s because nobody’s open past that.’ ” While the floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed beams and brick seem ideally suited to the new endeavor, Stephens threw his new barstools into storage and invested in café-friendly seating. And he might use the would-be back room for live music.

But don’t count the Eagle out just yet. “It’s always been my dream to own my own bar,” Stephens says. “A year ago, I thought I was much closer to reaching that goal than I am today. As for Winston’s Cafe, it’s too soon to tell how this is going to turn out. Who knows, I may find a way to have both.”"

I found this really interesting in the context of the shuttering of the Southern Voice and the Washington Blade today--are we losing all of our historic institutions? When the economic downturn is over, will there be nothing left of the gay world that was? I hope we're documenting this. How can we preserve our historic, yet expensive institutions to make sure that our past is not forgotten?

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