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Berwyn’s Nine-30-Ten lounge is owner’s dream come true

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Berwyn's latest hot spot, Nine-30-Ten Sports Lounge, 6710-1/2 W. Cermak Road, is serving cold beers and specialty drinks for sports fans and lovers of dance music.

BERWYN – Like to dance to something funky? Watch the game while sipping a La Golosa? Welcome to the new Nine 30 Ten Sports Lounge, located at 6710 ½ W. Cermak Road.

The former Pat & Joe’s has been transformed into a hybrid of sorts in the bar scene. It’s old school, the kind of place your grandfather stopped in on the way home from work for a quick beer. It’s quirky, with an industrial chic decor that is somehow warm and inviting with its low wattage lighting, exposed rafters and ductwork. HD televisions are bringing sports to customers at all times.

That’s how owner Errnan Melero and his wife, Juanita, wanted it; its a place to go and kick back, relax and talk with friends. Melero is continuing a legacy started by his grandfather and father, who together owned a bar in the Pilsen neighborhood.

“It’s a lifelong dream – I’ve always wanted to own a bar,” Melero said. “My parents and grandfather had to shut down because a school was built a block away. With the help of my wife and family, they gave me this opportunity. I’m very grateful and happy now.”

At night the music starts. A DJ in a chicken wire booth brings to mind the Blues Brothers, and spins funk, disco and new wave. Dancers cool down with a credible selection of beers, including craft beers and Sam Adams on tap, or a “La Golosa” (That Girl), a cucumber vodka drink reminiscent of the chilled cucumber and lime drinks sold at corner fruit stands. And food will be coming this summer.

Nine-30-Ten, the bar’s name, represents both Melero’s son’s birth date and the typical time that weekend visitors meet up, i.e. “let’s meet around 9:30 or 10:00.”

The bar has been open about three months now, but the nasty weather postponed a grand opening celebration hosted by the Berwyn Development Corporation March 6.

The weather didn’t hurt business, however, Melero said.

“I’m very grateful to my friends. I’ve been really busy through all the blizzards and stuff,” he said.

Plans are being made to expand the bar to the east by 1,500 square feet by acquiring a storefront to add a kitchen, another bar and an outdoor beer garden in the rear this summer.

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