Seo, who had been a daily to the Chicago Bar within the early Nineties, known as Neon Prophet the closest factor Chicago Bar needed to a home band.
“They are the godfather of Chicago Bar,” he mentioned.
General supervisor Ben West mentioned the bar will open with restricted capability in step with the county’s COVID-19 protocols. But as soon as restrictions calm down, he mentioned he plans to rent extra workers, which may embody former Chicago Bar staff.
For now, the one former worker coming again is the popular bartender Kerwin Lewis, West mentioned.
Running a bar is the most recent out-of-the-box profession transfer for Seo, a South Korean native who moved to Tucson in 1986 to work at Hughes Aircraft’s missile plant. Nine years later, Seo give up Hughes to enter partnership with Peter Wilke at Time Market on East University Boulevard.
In 2004, Seo offered his curiosity out there and acquired the cafe.
He and West had dreamed aloud again then of opening a jazz bar, “however all people advised me to not do it in Tucson as a result of I would not have an viewers for it,” Seo mentioned.
“I believe Tucson is extra of a jazz night time or two sort of city, not a spot that may survive off of doing jazz seven nights a week,” West mentioned, which is why the Chicago Bar redux will function a mixture of musical kinds together with acoustic, bluegrass, rock and reggae. ” They’ve been saying for years that Tucson is the next Austin. So we’ll combine up the music as a lot as doable.”