Bergin’s is back, taps are open

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

FAMILIAR SHAMROCKS adorn ceiling at Tom Bergin’s.

Bottoms up! Guinness, craft cocktails, dinner and brunch fare and good cheer are on tap once again at Tom Bergin’s Bar & Restaurant, 840 S. Fairfax Ave.

This, its 84th year, sees the neighborhood pub back in business after a rocky few years and eventual shutting of its doors in 2018. It reopened on Dec. 14.

Brothers Fran and Dave Castagnetti have reopened the pub, which looks the same as it always has, welcoming visitors to stay and sit awhile under its famed ceiling decorated with signed paper shamrocks.

The current menu includes a fried chicken Caesar salad, mac and cheese, fish and chips, burgers, Irish cheddar-honey-sriracha-candied bacon potato wedges and a short rib shepherd’s pie.

Initial hours are limited.  Dinner is served 5 p.m. to midnight Monday and Thursday, and as late as 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, next door

In the works next door to Bergin’s, developer Christopher Clifford of Colliers International recently submitted an application to the city Planning Dept. for a mixed-use project.

It includes 209 units above three levels of garage and 2,653 square feet of commercial space at 800 and 830 S. Fairfax. The properties now have two buildings, each two stories tall, with a total of 40 apartments.

“The Miracle Mile community is very pleased to see Bergin’s back in business. We fought to landmark the property so that it could continue as the beloved institution it has been for many generations,” said Ken Hixon, vice president of the Miracle Mile Residential  Association.

He added, concerning the proposed mixed-use apartment complex: “The adjacent development is grossly out of scale in every sense of the phrase and shows no consideration to the surrounding community.”

Some observers suggest that the new project is far off, because the two existing buildings have many renters still living there.

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