A personal fairness agency has bought Chicago’s legendary Second Metropolis, the comedy membership and theater that launched the careers of stars like John Sweet, Jordan Peele, and Amy Poehler. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated all companies that depend on dwell efficiency, together with theater and comedy. New ownership means a fresh start for 2 eating places and one bar that neighbor the Previous City membership.
New proprietor ZMC is run by Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, the maker of in style video video games together with Grand Theft Auto, the NBA2K sequence, and Pink Lifeless Redemption. The sale comes eight months after former Second Metropolis co-owner Andrew Alexander departed amid allegations that he allowed institutionalized racism to take root within the theater. ZMC management obliquely referenced the critiques leveled at Second Metropolis, telling NBC Chicago that the model will prioritize range and “elevat[ing] all voices.”
Scott Weiner, co-founder of Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, operates rooftop bar Utopian Tailgate and a ground-floor location of Roots Handmade Pizza within the constructing at North and Wells. Weiner says he appears ahead to working with administration and praised Zelnick’s acumen, saying that the funding is sweet for Chicago and the neighborhood. Fifty/50 plans to remain aligned with the comedy membership, as Weiner has beforehand stated he has an settlement to function a venue at Second Metropolis’s Toronto location.
It stays to be seen how the shift will impression 1959, the one restaurant within the Second Metropolis constructing that was included within the general sale.
- Second Metropolis Eating places Await New House owners as Comedy Membership Goes On Sale [ECHI]
- Second Metropolis Bought by Non-public Fairness Agency [NBC Chicago]
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