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Bar Scenes

1. A Visit to America’s Bar By Jack Hayes The reviews had led me to believe that America’s Bar was a happy, all-American kind of place, a place where, I’d heard, the waitresses dressed like cheerleaders and the atmosphere was akin to a pep rally. Reportedly, the waitresses even did a sort of pom-pom routine […]

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Bar Fight

It was a standard barroom argument. But it happened in the bar of the Heartland Cafe, the Rogers Park watering hole for refugees from an earlier, earthier era. On this Thursday night, the female bartender broke with barroom tradition–which dictates that the bartender, in concert with a few hunch-shouldered regulars, decides which sports event the […]

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Pizza Man

It’s 1:30 in the afternoon and Nick Perrino and his son, Joe, are arguing about mozzarella cheese. Nick–a hardy 77 years old with a chest big as an institutional soup cauldron and an accent as thick as good spaghetti sauce–insists that cheese from a 20-pound block tastes different than cheese from a 5-pound block. Joe–trim […]