RIZZO'S IS HERE!!!!
Frank's pals love Rizzo's all the way
November 6, 2004
BY SUSANNA HOMAN
When Stan Wozniak and Nick Caruso parted ways with the co-owners of Jilly's Piano Bar, 1007 N. Rush - named after Frank Sinatra's bodyguard and best friend, Jilly Rizzo -- the duo were unable to get Ol' Blue Eyes out from under their skin.
Last week they opened a new Sinatra-themed live music venue, Rizzo's Live, at 100 E. Walton. Just like Jilly's, Rizzo's has lounge singers belting out Sinatra hits, Rat Pack photos lining the walls, and, late at night, the live music ends and a DJ spins retro dance tunes.
The difference between the two joints? First, Rizzo's serves up a Pan-Asian menu they call "Buddha Bing" -- there's no Italian fare to be found. More importantly, "none of them [at Jilly's] ever met Sinatra," says Wozniak, who was Sinatra's road manager for nine years.
"They have the pictures on the walls, but we're the ones in the pictures," brags Caruso.
The Chairman of the Board surely would have approved.
Posted by: Nancy | Nov 7, 2004 10:02 PM | Comments(7)