Neighbors Wary of Another Tavern on Ashland, Community Meeting Scheduled

By Patty Wetli | Monday, February 20, 2012

Centro, which opened in late May 2011, significantly updated the old Cy's Crabhouse location. Credit: Mike Fourcher

It’s no secret that Centro restaurant, 3819 N. Ashland Ave., hasn’t exactly been popular with neighbors since opening in May 2011. Residents, complaining of loud noise, large crowds spilling out onto surrounding streets late at night and an increase in crime, even went so far as to petition to shut the joint down. A slew of one-star reviews on Yelp! suggests patrons aren’t exactly enamored with Centro either.

So neighbors are understandably wary of the application for yet another tavern at 3938 N. Ashland Ave. The potential new owner of the currently vacant property (rumored to be the proprietor of Southport’s Tango Sur) is seeking to have the tavern liquor license moratorium on Ashland lifted in order to open an “appetizer lounge.” (There are several classifications of liquor license. “Tavern” indicates the business will primarily sell alcohol.)

The community has responded with a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at Epiphany Church (basement), 2008 W. Bradley Pl. Residents will have an opportunity to hear more about the plans for the space, as well as voice any questions or concerns.

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