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Last Call Averted for Popular Booze Shop

Drinks Over Dearborn avoids closure



    Last Call Averted for Popular Booze Shop
    Kyle McHugh
    Drinks Over Dearborn owner Kyle McHugh is on a mission to save his business.

    Five hundred Benjamins it is.

    Drinks Over Dearborn owner Kyle McHugh was successful in his campaign to keep his popular but struggling River North specialty spirits, wine and beer boutique open.

    The self-proclaimed "boozehound" admitted he was "out of money, out of credit, and out of time," so he started a "500 Benjamins or Bust" campaign to keep his business open.

    "I refuse to be that guy, where you walk past the cute place on the corner and see the 'Closed for remodeling' sign and everyone knows what the story is as they quitely fade away," McHugh said.

    The idea was to get 500 people to open a $100 account at his business, and culminated with an online telethon over the weekend featuring live music and comedians. According to McHugh, he started with $411,000 in the books when the online telethon began at 5:00 p.m., capturing the remaining $89,000 in only twelve hours and hitting the magic number at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning

    McHugh received donations from as far away as Belgium.

    "I'll tell you that I know this is true: we have the best customers I've ever seen," McHugh says. "They are so passionate and so devoted to us. This is about them."

    McHugh thanks everyone for their "love and support" on his Web site, and said the store will be open for business on Tuesday.

    We can all drink to that.