The newest issue of Time Out Chicago is all about rallying the troops to patronize good businesses around town and keep 'em going. And our own Wild Pug is featured...
Uptown’s gay Brit pub is deserving of your dough. By Jason A. Heidemann, photo: Ben Reed
Even in the heart of Boystown, competition for the rainbow dollar is, as a drag queen might exclaim, fierce. Try, then, taking a gamble on a gay sports bar in Uptown and, five years later, rolling the dice again with a next-door Brit pub for poofters. Only this time around, the welcome mat is being rolled out during the worst economic crisis in nearly eight decades.
That’s the story thus far for Crew Bar and Grill and Wild Pug owners Steven Milford and Brian Wells, who opened Pug in late ’08 despite a drop in sales at Crew. “It’s been a crazy time,” Wells says. “We started seeing things slow up at Crew in November of 2007. We were plugging along and working on opening Wild Pug when the bottom fell out. We never saw the initial opening bounce because we opened in November with bad weather and in a horrible economic climate.”
Read more about it here and stop in for a brew next time you're thirsty.