On Saturday, July 13th, local television legend Rich Koz - best known as the rubber chicken bearing "Svengoolie" - will be celebrated during "Svengoolie Night" at The Squared Circle (2418 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60610). The pro-wrestling themed restaurant is owned by Lisa Marie Varon, who fans know Varon as TNA Knockout "Tara", and formerly as WWE Diva "Victoria."
Varon and Koz became friends over the years after appearing at many of the same comic conventions. "I knew Rich from Comic Cons," Varon says. "What stands out about him to me is how respectful he is to his fans. Sometimes celebrities just show up to those events for the payday. But you can tell that he loves being Svengoolie and he loves interacting with fans."
But why hold a night for a non-wrestler at The Squared Circle? "I thought he would be a fun guest." Varon responds. "I also know that there is a big cross over between his fans and wrestling fans. Plus he's a local legend!"
And what of the rumors that there will be a food item named after "Sven" added to The Squared Circle menu? "Absolutely!" Varon confirms. "The Svengoolie Burger is coming soon. I hope we do him proud."
In addition to "Svengoolie Night", Varon has other fun events planned at The Squared Circle. "The wrestling pay per views are always a blast!" says Varon, who often watches them with fans. "And July 14th is WWE's Money in the Bank."
(The Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View is one of the WWE's "tentpole" events, and will be headlined by an all-star cast of wrestlers, including Chicago's own CM Punk. The PPV will also herald the the return of fav-favorite "RVD" Rob Van Damme.)
Besides Svengoolie Night and the pay-per-view, there will be other guest appearances from the world of wrestling. "We've also have had a bunch of wrestlers come by for meet and greets." Varon says, "July 10th indie wrestling legend -and the inventor of my most famous move, The Widow's Peak - Roderick Strong is coming by. And we're always showing pro wrestling and serving fantastic burgers and pizzas!"
And before you ask, yes, Rich Koz will be attending "Svengoolie Night" as his alter-ego in full makeup and attire. So don't forget to bring your rubber chicken!
SVENGOOLIE NIGHT AT THE SQUARED CIRCLE
SATURDAY, JULY 13TH @ 7PM
The Squared Circle
2418 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 904-8170 ·