It was almost exactly a year ago that we posted about Paul Collurafici's intention to open a tavern in an empty storefront that connects to his Tattoo Factory (former home of the Tattoo Factory Gallery, for those who remember). He envisioned it as a place where people waiting for their friends to get inked could sit and relax, watch tv, and be able to talk to the person next to them without shouting over music.
That's when the red tape trail begins. The City Hall Tour of zoning permits, liquor commission, Buildings Department, back to the liquor commission... It really amazes us that anyone gets through this maze and actually succeeds in opening a place.
Chicago Eater says it may actually be happening. We're hearing June -- hopefully of 2012.
UPTOWN—If all goes well with the city, Drink & Ink hopes to open adjacent to the Tattoo Factory on Broadway. According to owner Paul Collurafici, the "bar about nothing," will be about 900 square feet with a jukebox, exposed brick, a lot of wood and a late-night license. "I like the feeling of the old style of bars," he said. "Like a good corner tavern."Considering that Tattoo Factory is a well-run established Uptown business, that it's a "cop shop," and that another new business means that Uptown gets a bigger tax base and fewer empty storefronts, we're all for this bar about nothing. We hope the red tape gets cut in time for a summer opening, and we look forward to hoisting a non-pretentious brew (or three) at "Drink & Ink, a Tattoo Factory Outlet Store."