I’m super excited to share today’s episode with you: David Halpern from Four Entertainment Group is on the I’m super excited to share today’s episode with you: David Halpern, managing partner of Four Entertainment Group is on the show discussing the group’s newest venue, Central Park Bar, located at 2924 N Central Park Avenue in Avondale. I absolutely used to love aliveOne, the first bar that they opened in 1996 in Lincoln Park – it had such a cool vibe and great music! Since then, they’ve opened four other bars in Chicago: Estelle’s, Remedy, The Owl, and Easy Bar in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area as well as twelve other bars in the Cincinnati area. We discuss how Four Entertainment Group got their start, how they choose locations, pandemic challenges, and all of the details around the latest addition to their roster Central Park Bar which opened at the end of October. Please enjoy this interview with David Halpern from Four Entertainment Group!
In David Halpern’s interview we discuss:
- The history of Four Entertainment Group, which started with opening aliveOne bar 25 years ago in Lincoln Park
- Coming up with the concept of aliveOne with his business partner Ben Klopp
- Branching the business to Cincinnati because of his connections from college at Miami of Ohio
- Opening his sixth spot, Central Park Bar at 2924 N Central Park Ave in Avondale at the end of October
- How they come up with the different concepts, but focusing on neighborhood staple bars in Chicago
- The most important part of opening new locations
- Staffing shortages, furloughs, and other challenges with the hospitality industry during the pandemic
- Why they chose the location for Central Park Bar, which has a 3500 square foot outdoor space that they decked out to make it feel like it was indoors
- Struggles with construction during the pandemic
- Sweet Mandy B’s – bakery with locations in Lincoln Park at 1208 W Webster Ave and at 254 E. Ontario St in Streeterville
- Olivia’s Market – neighborhood market at 2014 W Wabansia in Bucktown
Visit Four Entertainment Group to check out their other venues!