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Billy Goat Tavern releases statement, says it is staying put

November 14, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Billy Goat Tavern won't be moving or closing, even if a planned redevelopment of its property goes through, the Sianis family said in a statement Thursday morning. 

"The Realtor Building has been keeping us in the loop since discussions began with us over a month ago, and have assured us that The Billy Goat Tavern will not leave or close its doors on Michigan Avenue if or when the proposed redevelopment happens," the statement reads, referring to reports that a redevelopment of the 430 N. Michigan Avenue property could displace the bar, which has been open for more than 50 years.

The statement says the family has no knowledge of the details of the proposed development, and said it is seeking to correct "misinformation" in "the last few days" that reported the tavern would be temporarily displaced. 

"There have been no negotiations with us about moving the Tavern any time soon, and as far as we know the Tavern is here to stay on Michigan Avenue," the statement reads. 

The statement goes on to mention the "shock" of the tavern's 1964 move from Madison Street to Michigan Avenue, and that "what had made the Tavern legendary were not the walls that surrounded it, but the history, its stories and the people who resided within." 

"Be assured that we will land on all four hooves and the only thing that will have changed will be the plumbing…..even if that means scraping the 50 year cigar smoke stains from the walls and moving that as well."

You can read the full copy of the Sianis family's statement here.

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