The former Chicago’s Best site, destroyed by fire in August 2012, will be the home of a bar with outdoor seating.
The Platteville Plan Commission Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the former Chicago’s Best site at 75 N. Second St. for the City Bar, which will use the remaining building on the site for indoor seating and the rest of the site for outdoor seating.
The bar will be operated by John Utley, owner of Pizzeria Uno on West Business 151, although he said the Second Street property is for sale.
The property was the site of the Stage Coach Inn in 1878, with the Galena-to-Madison stagecoach stop — the Parnell Building, most recently Milio’s Sandwiches before it moved to Business 151 and South Water Street — across Mineral Street. The hotel building later was the City Hotel until 1976, one year before it became Ted’s Place. It became Windsor Food & Spirits in 1986, and then Chicago’s Best in 2007, five years before the building was destroyed in a fire.
Three other Second Street bars — Orville T’s, Down at the Boondocks and Players — have outdoor beer gardens, in addition to Red & Deb’s on Mineral Street.
Under city ordinances, music can be played outdoors until 10:30 p.m. weeknights and 11:30 Friday and Saturday nights.