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Five Questions With Geno Frankowski

By Submitted by Katie Bijak | Monday, December 6, 2010

Photo of Gene Frankowski and Cody the III by Katie Bijak.

Editor’s Note: We want to get to know our neighbors, so we picked five questions to ask each of them. Feel free to ask them your own questions in the comments. Or submit your own responseson our submissions page.

I went to the bar next to my apartment to chat with the owner, Geno Frankowski and ask him five questions. Geno owns Cody’s Public House, at 1658 W. Barry Ave.  Cody’s is a popular, dog-friendly bar named after Geno’s dog, Cody the III.

1. How long have you lived/worked in the area?

I bought this place in 1986.  We opened January 7, 1987. I bought it and had to close it down to rehab the inside.

How long did it take you to do the rehab?

About 4 months.

2. What is your favorite thing about this neighborhood?

It depends on what you’re doing. The accessibility to pretty much everything.

3. Do you have a favorite spot to go?

It varies. It depends on if I want food or a specific kind of liqueur or if I want to go hear some music. That’s the nice thing about this area, there is so much to do.

Is there somewhere you go to listen to music a lot?

Probably Martyr’s is the most common. It’s on North Lincoln, about 3800 north.

4. Is there anything that’s changed since you’ve been here?

The real estate tax. It used to be more of a blue-collared neighborhood and now it’s almost entirely a white-collared neighborhood. It seems like we have more students living in the area.

Is that good or bad for business?

Both

5. Is there anything you’d like to say to the people in your neighborhood?

I say it to them all the time. Whatever I have to say; we’re pretty much friendly. We have our standard: we’re dog-friendly. No barking, no peeing, no crapping, lie down.  And that goes for the dogs too.

Is there anything else you wanted to say?

Come on in.

Editor’s Note: We want to get to know our neighbors, so we picked five questions to ask each of them. Feel free to ask them your own questions in the comments. Or submit your own responses on our submissions page.

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