Maria Hohlastos said she and husband Sam were the original owners of Samy's Lounge at 3151 Voyager Lane, near the Louis Joliet Mall, and have reclaimed control from the people to whom they'd leased it.
plan, she said, is to completely gut the building and create a more
family-friendly business that will cater to diners at lunch and dinner
and a drinking crowd later at night.
The couple had leased the
business to Aspasia Andrew Tinsman and Jimmy Tsavros, who renamed it
Samy's Party Bar, added a dance floor and obtained permits from the city
to stay open until 2 a.m. on weekends and to offer live and
In the years they ran it, Tinsman and Tsavros were fined five times and forced to close for five days before losing their late hour and music privileges in October 2012 for a variety of liquor license violations. Among them were not notifying the police of fights, padlocking one of the two exits and allowing 472 people into a building with a 200-person capacity.