From Deb Peterson’s column:
OF LATE NIGHTS AND CIGARETTES: There’s good news for those who get misty-eyed when the name Cafe Balaban surfaces — plans have been firmed up to revisit the site of so much revelry and glory in the ’70s and ’80s. When Balaban’s closed in January, many of those who spent a wasted night or three at the CWE bar and eatery didn’t get to say au revoir. Now, thanks to a crew who may have epitomized those days — Pete and Donna Rothschild, Kim and Sharon Tucci, Paul Zemitzsch, Lou Hamilton and Alderman Lyda Krewson — Balaban’s will be open June 27 for one night only. Original staff, bartenders and music will set the mood. Proceeds from the evening will go to Mayor Francis Slay‘s re-election effort. Among those on the guest list: Karen Devine, David Guempel, Sean Gallagher, David Moore, John Sullivan, Lee Redel, Madt Mallinckrodt, Steve McIntyre and Bryan Young.
It’s amazing what you can do when you have lots of cash.