LINCOLN PARK — Dan Levy, co-creator and actor from “Schitt’s Creek,” has distanced himself from a pop-up bar inspired by the show at Replay Lincoln Park.
In a tweet Monday night, Levy said he appreciated the enthusiasm for the bar’s latest pop-up but stressed “the event isn’t sanctioned by ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and the rumors of cast attending are untrue.”
“Encouraging all to keep making choices that do not risk the health [and] safety of themselves and others,” Levy said.
Levy did not mention Replay Lincoln Park by name, but the bar, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., debuted its Schitt’s Creek pop-up Friday. It has replicas of the show’s settings, including the Rosebud Motel, Café Tropical, Moira’s wig wall and the iconic “Welcome to Schitt’s Creek” sign.
In a phone call Wednesday morning, Replay Lincoln Park’s owner, Mark Kwiatowski, declined to comment on Levy’s tweet. But he said the bar is taking extensive coronavirus precautions, including limiting the bar’s capacity to match Chicago’s indoor dining limits.
“We limit it to 25 guests per room and have more than 9,000 square feet of space, so there’s plenty of room to distance,” Kwiatowski said.
The arcade bar also removed many of its games, spaced tables at least 6 feet apart and requires masks to be worn at all times, except for when eating or drinking or taking a quick photo with the decorations.
Kwiatowski said he hopes to reopen the bar’s outdoor patio this week to offer an even safer experience for people to enjoy the pop-up while outside.
For the “Schitt’s Creek” pop-up, Replay is also partnering with the Chicago Makers Pop Up Shop to recreate Rose Apothecary with artisanal items, commemorative T-shirts, souvenirs and fan art created by local artists and vendors.
Themed trivia nights and other events will be held throughout the month.
The menu includes items like Moira’s favorite “Ahn-chiladas,” the “Lovebird Wings,” “Lover’s Messy Sloppy Joe Eat-A-Thon” and the “Rosebud Cinnamon Buns.”
The pop-up is open to anyone 21 or older. It costs $20 per person for two cocktails and a one-hour reservation.
Reservations are encouraged in case the bar reaches capacity. Tickets can be bought online.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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