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After 24 years, Belleville bar quietly closes

Shenanigan's Restaurant and sports bar on the west end at 15 N. 64th St. in Belleville has closed.
Shenanigan's Restaurant and sports bar on the west end at 15 N. 64th St. in Belleville has closed. jbustos@bnd.com

The watering hole Shenanigan’s has vacated the west Belleville strip mall it has called home for more than 20 years.

Located at 15 N. 64th St., the sports bar and restaurant opened in 1994, replacing Dundee’s Sports Café. Local restaurateur Mark Onstott owned the bar for more than two decades before turning it over to longtime employee Jeremy Reynolds.

Reynolds had big plans for the establishment. He wanted to add a front deck with outdoor seating, simplified the menu and added frozen drinks to bar.

"We’re looking forward to new business," Reynolds said in a March 2017 interview. "This is going to be a really good thing for the west end of Belleville."

One year later, the bar has closed. Reynolds could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.

The doors to the restaurant were locked Thursday, the lights were out and an empty beer bottle sat alone inside near the front window.

As a part of the deal, Reynolds also took over the lease for Marco's on Main at 6401 W. Main St., but decided to close the neighboring restaurant to focus on Shenanigan's.

Developer Adam Hill, who owns the strip mall, has opened an office for his company Sonoma Capital in that space. He declined to comment about the bar closing.

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