The New Alley Opens: Look Inside The Reborn Punk Rock Shop, Cafe
by Ariel Cheung
LAKEVIEW — The Alley 1776 opened Saturday afternoon, with all the beloved punk apparel its longtime customers have been missing since the original shop closed in early 2016.
Now a coffee shop with a second-floor pop-up version of The Alley carrying its best-selling T-shirts, belt buckles, leather jackets and accessories, The Alley 1776 will be open starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 3223 N. Clark St.
The soft opening festivities begin with a smattering of giveaways over the next month, including free tickets to Riot Fest.
"The last time I did this, I was 10 years younger, and I had a staff of 100 people," said longtime owner of The Alley Mark Thomas. "But I'm excited. It's everything I hoped for."