Fight erupts outside newly re-opened Dolphin Night Club in Bucktown


One person was transported to a local hospital at 2:24 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department's spokes person.

A large fight occurred outside Dolphin Nightclub, 2200 N. Ashland Ave., at approximately 2:20 a.m., Sat., Feb. 9. Two Dolphin employees were apparently involved but there were no major injuries, according to the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs. 

Formerly known as Green Dolphin Street, the venue reopened on Jan. 18. After a series of problems over a couple of years, they closed about a year ago. 

In fact, it was reported that they had closed in April 2010, but that closing was only for their restaurant. The recent renovation began amid a series of license revocations and non-renewal of their liquor licenses. 

On Dec. 4, 2012, a Liquor License Plan of Operationplan with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was signed by Sam and Hodo Menetti, Dolphin owner and operators. In it, it states, "Licensee shall sell liquor under the hours of operation of the Tavern liquor license and Outdoor patio liquor license. No late hour liquor license shall be issued for a period of at least 30 days after the execution of this plan of operation. The late hour license shall be issued by the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, within 35 days of the execution of this plan if there are no law enforcement complaints received by the Local Liquor Control Commissioner."

In March, ground breaking is planned for an 8,000 square-foot patio, their newly renovated 13,000 square-foot space features four rooms, five bars, and a variety of VIP sections. The 100,000-watt sound system will no doubt rock the northwest corner of Ashland and Webster, provided they maintain their liquor license.

The Menettis also dominate the northeast corner of North and Damen Avenues, where they own The Tavern and Café Absinthe.


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