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New Restaurant/Pub Planned for Defunct Samy's Party Bar

The original owners have taken back the building and plan an extensive remodel before reopening as a more family-friendly business.

Samy's Party Bar in Joliet closed this summer after being cited several times for liquor license violations. Photo credit: Karen Sorensen
Samy's Party Bar in Joliet closed this summer after being cited several times for liquor license violations. Photo credit: Karen Sorensen
Problem-plagued Samy's Party Bar, which closed earlier this summer, is being remodeled and will reopen as a new restaurant/pub in the spring.

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.


Their 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 DJ-generated music.

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.

In March, Tinsman said she had bought out Tsavros and she and her daughter were going to run the bar under the name Xander. An effort to regain their entertainment and extra-hour permits failed, however, and they closed a few months later.

Hohlastos said she and her husband are completely remodeling the business and will reopen next year with a full kitchen offering an American food menu. They have not yet chosen a new name, she said.

Because the liquor license went back to the city after Samy's closed, the couple will have to apply for a new one before they open, Joliet Deputy Liquor Commissioner Jim Murphy said.

Herc August 22, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Hope they make good burgers!
Sula August 22, 2013 at 08:41 PM
The Hohlastoses forget that they ran Samy's into the ground and Aspasia and Tsanos had to bring it back to life back in 2001. They haven't been in the industry for YEARS...And Patch, get your facts STRAIGHT before posting Allegations...
jimbob11 August 23, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Mayor Tom Giarrante business model for the City of Joliet. New bars, new tatoo parlors, and new payday loan stores = raised taxes for Joliet residents.
Jay Weldon August 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM
You already have five guys burgers that are really good right down the way.
D.j. Skoob August 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Racist ass bar! Goodbye!
Boogeyman August 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM
This place is a racist shithole
Vic August 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Racist? Why? Because they let white people in? Drop the race card you folks always run to. It doesn't fly anymore. Go watch the black cable channel, you'll feel better in no time.
Cody Cutright August 23, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I would give anything to find out if half the people on here are really this outspoken in person or do they really open up only on patch.....
anonymous August 23, 2013 at 01:52 PM
where are all of the Mexican gangbangers and their skanky girlfriends going to go?
anonymous August 23, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I hope it safer the lounge in WA that Delbert Belton (88YO WWII vet-Google it) was standing outside when he was beaten to death
Vic August 23, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Cody! Would you have the balls to ask that question to my face? Or do you just speak free here too? You'd wish you hadn't. Guarantee it. Of course people speak free when they can be anonymous. The law protects the blacks when you speak against them. Plus because they have no self control or brains you are subject to being killed. It's people like you who make me sick. White sellout.
John Roberts August 23, 2013 at 04:07 PM
@Anon that was the Eagles Club.Joliet has one they are like the Moose Lodges... black kids beat the WW2 Vet to death....Obviously they didn't belong to the Eagles Club...killed at random it says.
Boogeyman August 24, 2013 at 04:19 AM
He Vic what do you mean no self control or brains is that what you really think?? It's people like you who grind my gears you call this guy a white sellout for what he didn't say anything about blacks or any other race but he did say the truth that pussys like you sit at a computer and talk shit that's really messed up what you said and you make the point clear you racist bastard
Boogeyman August 24, 2013 at 04:24 AM
And Cody obviously Vic is not that outspoken cause he would get his ass whooped everyday cause he believes all blacks have no self control or brains but he doesn't say that to any blacks he knows how many black people you work with Vic?? How many of them you tell them your feelings toward black people?? Speak freely please😀
Boogeyman August 24, 2013 at 04:28 AM
How many black people lost their lives to a hand of a white man for no reason than their skin color killed for looking at a person the wrong way or killed for just plain old fun
whiteminority August 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM
HOW MANY WHITE PEOPLE LOST THERE LIVES DUE TO BROWN PEOPLES HANDS FOR NO REASON AT ALL. JOLIET IS 60% AFRICAN,MAKES YOU THINK HUH BOOGEREATER.
whiteminority August 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM
I LOVE AFRICANS ,I DONT LIKE Nigs who want people to feel bad for them and think everbody owes them sometime and another race is why I cant do anything right.
John Roberts August 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
The whole world is racist to a point,Chinese don't like japanese,white and blacks,whites and Mexicans,Mexicans and blacks,he'll even the dot heads don't like blacks,.I see cracker used to point out someone else is racist.lmao that's always a good one. stop being racist cracker!!!!! Lmoa...get over it. It is taught. I saw a black 4 or 5 yr old when his bike got stolen first words were "Some white kid probably stole it" now he wasn't old enoug to go to school where we first usually learn about segregation,racist people, and what blacks used to be called..I didn't even know whites owned blacks until I went to school...Not a one of us had anything to do with what went on. It wouldn't of happened if we were all knew what we know today..."If it was going to be this much trouble I would of picked my own damn cotton" ...or is that racist....for stating a fact.
Infamous Steve August 25, 2013 at 08:53 AM
I wish we could still own at least one of them!
Boogeyman August 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Come own me then you so bad steve
whiteminority August 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Its like owning a bad dog !
whiteminority August 30, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Mexicans work harder for cheaper anyhow.

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