ATWATER VILLAGE — The L.A. Weekly is reporting that it looks like Club Tee Gee, the long-time bar whose owner died earlier this year, has been purchased by the owners of The Short Stop Bar in Echo Park. The Weekly says the Atwater Village bar is scheduled to change hands on Sept. 1 but that “nothing is official, however.”
Club Tee Gee has been a neighborhood fixture since 1946 when the original owners, a pair of World War II veterans, opened the business. In recent years Club Tee Gee had been frequently described as one of L.A.’s classic dive bars, with drawings and images of Frank Sinatra and Betty Boop hanging on the walls. The most recent owner, Betty Bartlotta, died in February 2016.
A few weeks later the space occupied by the bar at 3208-10 Glendale Blvd. went up for lease, according to a listing on LoopNet. That same listing has been updated to say that the space is now “off-market.”
A bartender told the Weekly that “there might be some renovations coming” under the new ownership. Let’s hope they keep that neon sign out front.
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