By Jacob Mathias
The Beat, a music-centric night club opened this week, replacing the longstanding Archie’s Still.
The south side bar unceremoniously closed mid-summer. New owners Louis and Andrea Patrizi are dubbed the former townie staple location as The Beat, an old fashioned night club where music is king, the food is great and your friends are always there.
“We want it to be an extension of people’s homes. A place where you can meet your friends,” said Andrea Patrizi. “A lot of times it’s hard to entertain at home so meet at the local neighborhood bar and have some good food, good conversation.”
A 52-year music veteran, Louis Patrizi cut his teeth playing music on Chicago’s south side where he grew up and eventually met Andrea before moving west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he played drums and sang full-time back when house bands were full time gigs.
“I really got into the music scene when I was like 14,” said Louis Patrizi. “Started working sock hops and after school dances.”
The Patrizi’s moved to the area three years ago to be closer to Andrea’s family and have a more relaxing life out of the big city. Since moving, Louis Patrizi has been drumming and singing with his band, The Naturals.
“The music itself is going to be something you don’t get to see a lot around here,” said Louis Patrizi. “We’re going to cater to the baby boomers because we’re baby boomers…this is going to be a dancing, eating, drinking experience for people that come in. It’s going to be a throwback to the old days where bars were bars and people would meet.”
The Beat’s house band will be comprised of Louis Patrizi on drums and vocals, a guitar player and possibly a keyboardist. He said the music will play every night and the set list will be popular favorites from the 60’s and 70’s.
Andrea Patrizi worked in catering and bar management for over 40 years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and has organized parties for two different presidents.
The galley kitchen doesn’t accommodate much, she said, so the menu will be someone limited at first, but the Patrizi’s are excited for what they can offer. They plan on starting with Italian beef, meatball and sausage sandwiches, hot dogs and bar snacks. Louis’ mother owned an Italian restaurant on the south side of Chicago, which is where many of the recipes come from.
“We always had great pizza, Italian food,” said Louis Patrizi. “We’re bringing with us a lot of old recipes too that came out of Chicago…that taste is something you remember and we’re bringing that into this bar.”
The Patrizi’s said many people will be surprised by their food because authentic Italian isn’t easy to find in the area.
“They don’t know. They’ve never had the really good stuff so they don’t k now the difference,” said Andrea Patrizi.