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Founders Of LGBT Sports Bar Crew Put Their Anticipated New Edgewater Project On Hold

The anticipated tavern and restaurant project which was to be named after the man who developed the Edgewater subdivision in 1886, John Lewis Cochran, has officially been put on hold. The team stated that they were unable to find the funding that was needed.

The announcement of the new Cochran’s Tavern at 6341 N. Broadway  this past June was another example of the Broadway corridor’s quick revitalization process that has brought in new businesses and developments. Steve Milford and Brian Well, who were the team that owned the now closed LGBT sports bar Crew at 4804 N Broadway, had signed a lease for the space which used to house Hamilton’s Bar & Grill but closed in 2012 after serving the neighborhood for almost 80 years.

Last heard, they were raising funds over the summer in order to begin construction of Cochran’s Tavern. They said they were 50% of the way to their goal and that Loyola University Chicago had signed on to help with capital improvements to the building. In a recent Facebook post however, they sadly announced that the project was officially put on hold because they were unable to secure the rest of the funding.

“With the ending of a year and the start of a new one, it is a time we like to put the disappointing events behind us and look toward the future,” it said on Cochran’s Tavern Facebook page. “After six months of meetings, planning, and fundraising, we reached a point in mid-October when we knew we needed to put Cochran’s Tavern on hold. The worst thing we could have done is to start the project underfunded.”

The restaurant was to completely overhaul the inside of the 5,700 sq. ft. interior and build out three distinct rooms within the space including a main bar room, a dining room which would serve “affordable American fare” and an event space.  Historical touches from Edgewater’s past such as an over-the-fireplace hung portrait of Edgewater founder Cochran himself were to invoke a neighborhood vibe. The rear event space which was to be named after 1960s drag diva Miss Tilly, would feature live music and performances.

In the end they thanked all investors and supporters of their plan and gave one last breath of life to the tavern by saying, “This is not the end of the road, but more of an unexpected detour.”


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