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Parlour bar on Clark to close
by Matt Simonette

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The owners of Parlour on Clark, 6341 N. Clark St., announced both on their Facebook page and in a mass email Aug. 6 that the bar will close Aug. 10.

"The Rumors are True....Parlour on Clark is CLOSING Sunday August 10th," said their online announcement.

Owner Jennifer Murphy told that, "[co-owner Nikki Calhoun] and I took a run down tavern in an area of the city that we loved and turned it into a space that would provide a home for artists, musicians, comedians, drag queens, and many amazing dance parties."

The bar opened in August, 2010. Murphy added, "We hoped it was going to be around for awhile. What we learned was that people were less focused on supporting a local business and more interested in finding the newest bar, event, club, restaurant or party."

A liquor moratorium at the location further complicated the plans for a sale, she said. "We went from signing a business listing contract with an appraised value of $125,000 to finding out we were not able to transfer our liquor license due to the moratorium and therefore not able to sell."

Plenty of festivities are planned for the Edgewater bar's final weekend: Rhythm and Booze w/Pate from 7-9 p.m. and Latin Friday with Carlos and DJ Silva from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday; live music with Gypsy Moon Project, 8-10 p.m., and Campo Allegre house sessions, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on Saturday; and Karaoke with Sue and $3 "You Call Its" from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday ( cash only ).

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