Update: Nouveau Tavern to Reopen
Earlier this week, JET spoke with Nouveau Tavern’s promotions manager Teddy Gilmore about the Chicago-based business being ordered to close its doors due to pressure from city officials. Gilmore thinks the black-owned business is being unfairly targeted, as it is located in a predominantly white neighborhood.
On Thursday, Nouveau Tavern’s owner, Marsette Mangum, appeared at a hearing regarding the future of the business.
He reached an agreement with city officials to reopen the establishment, but without live music, DJs or dancing. The River North club will now operate strictly as restaurant under the deal, according to DNAinfo.
The Southern-style eatery will open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Mangum said the compromise will hurt business.
“It’s the devil and the deep blue sea, so what can you do,” Mangum said. He also referred to the agreement as “a good step in the right direction.”
Nouveau’s fight is far from over.
Although the establishment averted a city shutdown, it still has to fight a court-ordered eviction it received earlier this year from its landlord. The appeal is pending.
The deal gives police the right to vacate the restaurant if Nouveau is found to be in violation of the agreement’s terms.
A court meeting with Nouveau ownership and city lawyers is scheduled for April 30.