Pops for Champagne is celebrating 30 years in the business, and in an interview with Eater Chicago, owner Tom Verhey recalls "We were a pioneer back in Lakeview and there were few nightlife places back then; it was a tough neighborhood." We happened to be living about a block away from Pops when it opened and can confirm that when Pops moved in, it made it a little easier to live among the chop shops and the storefront strip joints that were our neighbors on Southport. Pops has moved a few times since then, and now they're looking outside the state for a new home.
Verhey is looking to possible East coast locations, like maybe Washington, D.C.
According to Verhey, "It's a large enough market that we can succeed with what we're doing. And it's small enough that we can get recognized. There aren't really many high-end wine bars in D.C. with a more upscale environment. It seems to be a void in D.C."
Let's hope Pops for Champagne can elevate the nightlife in our nation's capitol just as it did in Lakeview 30 years ago.