The Keg of Evanston replacement to apply for permit

Ciara McCarthy, City Editor

A replacement for The Keg of Evanston is likely to begin paperwork next week to open in the city.

The restaurant, whose name hasn’t been made public, will soon apply for a permit with the city government, said Evan Oliff, president of Preferred Development, the real-estate group leading the development of the location.

The Keg closed in March after a lengthy legal battle with the city. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl revoked the bar’s liquor license in January 2012 after more than 15 people were arrested in connection with underage drinking.

The space formerly occupied by the bar, 810 Grove St., is likely going to become two or three restaurants, Oliff said. In September, Oliff told The Daily it would a “dignified” replacement for the Keg.

“It’s not going to be a Taco Bell or a KFC,” Oliff said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a nice, sophisticated place to relax and spend quality time with friends and family.”

He added there was a delay in the restaurant’s proceedings while it brought in an additional partner.

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