Steve Peters spent Wednesday dismantling poker tables – the ones he made by hand for his short-lived Chips Poker Room.
“It’s a weird day.”
Peters briefly opened Chips this month before the city forced him to close it or risk losing his liquor license for the adjoining Blarney Stone Irish Pub and Sports Bar.
The bar, which is in the former east-side Larry Bud’s space at 21st and Woodlawn, opens Thursday.
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Peters says he’s sad, angry and beyond frustrated, in particular because of the “maddening” amount of time he had to wait for a liquor license for the bar because of the poker issue, which the city recently said is illegal under state law and city ordinance.
“I just don’t understand,” Peters says. “Why all the sudden? And what’s really going on?”
Other poker rooms, including some that have been operating for years, are still operating. They are ones that aren’t also bars with liquor licenses at stake.
Peters is now turning his poker room into a party and meeting room with seating for about 60.
“I’m always going to just call it the Poker Room. That’s what it was made for.”
For now, the poker tables are going into storage.
“We’ll see what happens down the road,” Peters says.
What does that mean?