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Big Chicks, Tweet and The Famous Michelle Fire

Michelle Fire

Michelle Fire

“Men and men; women and women; men and women: all are welcome here at the Uptown Bar.”

Big Chicks for nightly get-downs and Tweet for brunch the next morning to heal from the previous evening’s shenanigans, makes Michelle Fire’s establishment a perfect combination. All can agree, that both Big Chicks and Tweet have some type of magic flowing around. I don’t think I have ever been to either the bar or there for brunch when there wasn’t a full and packed house of hungry/thirsty, yet patient and friendly people. What’s not to love? Delicious fresh food, classy cocktails, enough eccentric art up on the walls to keep you day-dreaming for hours, and Michelle Fire running the show.

The number of folks pouring in validate that Michelle loves the community and the community loves her. It is no secret that Michelle is considered the den mother to many in the LGBTQ community. They represent a huge portion of her customer base, and have rallied behind her in the same way she has supported them. Several years ago, a group of developers who wanted her building, went through great measures to prove that her business, that served alcohol, was too close to a school and therefore should be shut down. But her patrons and many in the gay community rallied behind her. Undying friendship and loyalty have kept this mother’s den open for business for almost 30 years and will continue for many more.

“What do I love the most about my job? I love seating and serving people. The customers are fabulous, charming, kind, loyal, it is a great family to have.” You won’t find Michelle taking weekends off to go out of town, or going to fancy galas. You will find her at her establishment working her butt off and happy doing all that she does. She works with her adult son, a niece, and a dedicated staff that she considers family. She is excited about the transformation of the neighborhood, the expansion and the growth of the gay and transgender community, and is overwhelmed with nothing but happiness when talking about all she has gotten to be a part of in the last 30 years in the Uptown neighborhood. As an Edgewater resident Michelle says, ” Uptown, Andersonville, Edgewater, our community is all blended together.”

What’s up with the name you ask? On a trip from India, locals couldn’t pronounce “Michelle,” so they referred to her as “Big Chick.” Although these days she is not so big, and has lost a great deal of weight due to overall transformations in her lifestyle. The walls inside the business are comprised of her personal art collection favorites. The art pieces and decor are all centered around images of women. “The gallery encompasses local, unknown, naive (self-taught) and internationally known artists whose works were chosen for their beauty, relevance, and provocative nature.” Lucky for us, there is a portrait of our favorite big chick of them all, Michelle Fire.

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