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Readers React: Family Restaurant Karson's Out, Sports Bar In

We asked readers on Facebook what they thought about the former Karson's restaurant turning into a sports bar. See what they said and add your opinion to the mix.

When neighborhood businesses face an ever-fluctuating economy, there's often little they can do, but adapt. That's what the owners of, 3422 W. 95th St., did after over 60 years in Evergreen Park, 20 of those years under the title Golden Wheel Pancake House. Owner Nick Bountinas recently sold the restaurant to the owners of 3301 W. 95th St., who plan to turn the space into an "upscale adult sports bar," according to Mayor James Sexton.

When we asked Evergreen Park Patch Facebook fans for their take on the change, they sounded off. Most are looking forward to welcoming the new business; others seemed perplexed by the addition of a sports bar, while a bar/bowling alley already exists across the street.

What's your opinion?

Read what your neighbors had to say about the news, then tell us what you think about the move.

  • I think its a good idea. Good Luck to him - Julie Walsh Hemry
  • I think it's a great idea. While I'm sorry to see another restuarant leave the village, there is no place to go to have a drink and just hang out. And the Pappas family has done a great job with Pappys so I have no doubt they will do just as well with this venture. - Debbis Montez Hrncir
  • Hmmmm, I wish them the best of luck.. - Sue Sortino
  • I agree. I disliked the food and service at Karson's. It will be nice to have a local sports bar to meet at for drinks. - Maryann Mann
  • Better than leaving it empty. I'm sure it will do great. BTW, there is a bar right across the street - Mark Zofkie
  •  I hope the owners become a bit more friendly than Thayer are at Pappy's. He, the owner never smiles and is rude at times! Like their food but... - Mary Kay Regan Ward

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LAURA DLUSKI May 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I used to be a waitress there back around 1970, they had the best pancakes ever....loved that place, my family ate there every Sunday without fail and we lived in Alsip, Illinois sorry to see them go...:(
MARY Usher May 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Since John Karson sold the place the food and service has been horrible. I went there every Sunday after Mass with my father. After it was sold we had to find a new place. I mean how can you mess up eggs? Good luck to Pappys. I love their food and thinkt hey will do well at the new place.
Tom Savory May 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Good luck to the Pappas family. We need more businesses like this in the village. If they need a part-time bartender, I'm available.

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