Slapsy Maxie’s has gotten a fresh start in a new location.
The long-time North Side hangout, where metal heads and regulars shot pool and called up Guns N’ Roses on the jukebox, has opened in a vacant storefront at Crosswoods.
Tim Richards, who purchased the bar in 2009, calls it a “next generation” for Maxie’s, which started as a small neighborhood hangout at 1019 Mediterranean Ave., a stone’s throw from the Continent.
Richards, the third owner in the bar’s 25-year history, said when the lease was up a year ago, he decided to close down and relocate.
“There was no reason for me to stay there,” he said.
“I didn’t want to stay there. We packed it up and started the search. It took us five months to find a location.”
Since then, he has added business partner Anthony Treboni.
The two said they visited 30 different sites before settling on the 2,500-square-foot storefront, most recently a Stauf’s coffee house, at 158 Hutchinson Ave.
They had a specific footprint and geographic area in mind.
“When we looked, I’ll tell you what, it wasn’t easy,” Treboni said.
But they were encouraged by the area’s demographics: several high-density apartment complexes nearby, high traffic counts, hotels and high-end restaurants, but few bar options.
“It just makes sense,” Richards said. “I wanted to keep the bar on the north end. This is a north-end bar.”
The former Slapsy Maxie’s started out in 1,500 square feet of space and, in 2001, expanded into an adjacent storefront.
The business shares the name of formerly famous nightclub that operated in the 1940s and ’50s in Los Angeles.
The new Slapsy Maxie’s, which is open evening hours weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday, occupies an end unit, with Marcus Crosswoods Cinema directly east and Chipotle adjacent to the west.
The spacious interior features several TVs, dartboards and billiards.
There are 10 beers on tap, with two craft options for now: Shock Top’s seasonal Honey Crisp Apple Wheat and Columbus Brewing Co.’s India pale ale.
Microbrew selections could expand, per customer demand, Richards said.
“I don’t want to get crazy with it,” he said. “I want to get a better feel for what’s up here.”
There is no food service, but customers are free to order food from any of the nearby restaurants, said Richards, who plans to introduce a limited menu in the future.
Richards said he used social media to keep patrons informed of the bar’s progress.
“Word gets out very fast,” he said.
“Slapsy Maxie’s is a brand. People have been looking forward to this for a year.”