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Planned Opening Of New Blues Club Next To Green Mill Is Delayed, Owner Says

Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo, who had hoped to open Club Della Robbia in late 2018, said "it's going to be awhile."

Next door to The Green Mill is supposed to be Club Della Robbia, but the project has been delayed.
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UPTOWN — Fans of The Green Mill who are excited about a new blues club opening next door will have to keep waiting.

Last year, Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo told The Chicago Tribune he hoped Club Della Robbia would be opening at 4804 N. Broadway by December 2018.

But a year after first sharing his plans, the property remains shuttered.

On Monday, Jemilo told Block Club the project still has a ways to go.

“It’s going to be a while,” he said.

Jemilo declined to comment further but said there were several issues holding up the opening.

Tressa Feher, chief of staff to Ald. James Cappleman (46th), said there may have been “huge problems with their contractor.”

“They are trying to get the project back on track,” she said.

Like Jemilo, she said any sort of opening timeline was still “up in the air.”

The contractor listed on the building permit could not be reached for comment.

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Public notices from August 2018 are still on the window at 4804 N. Broadway.
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A building permit from February indicates that interior work was scheduled to be completed.

When Jemilo spoke with the Tribune he indicated Club Della Robbia would serve food and be a bluesier version of The Green Mill.

The Green Mill does not serve food but the bar allows patrons to bring in outside food.

The name Club Della Robbia is a nod to the original restaurant that used to serve food to The Green Mill, according to Jemilo.

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Crew Bar And Grill closed their doors in 2017.

The location at 4804 N. Broadway was once home to the LGBTQ-friendly sports bar Crew Bar And Grill until it closed its doors in 2017.

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