The taps were flowing again this weekend at the Treehouse, the Tremont bar where a 17-year-old robber was shot to death last week by off-duty Cleveland police officers. In fact, the joint was jammed, mostly with employees of other Tremont bars and restaurants who came out as a sign of solidarity. Owners Tom and Pete Leneghan continue to decline public comment though privately say they have no intention of leaving the neighborhood. Score another for the Irish.
Tavern trouble of another sort hit the Executive Den, an East Side strip club that was forced by the city to close one of its two bars and stages last month. Apparently the Den got the wrong building permits when it expanded six years ago, and City Hall suddenly decided to crack down -- not on touching the dancers, but for expanding too close to a park. Admittedly, Neff Park is less than 1,000 feet away. But it's separated from the Den by eight lanes of I-90. "I don't think it's a problem for the kids in the park," opines Den denizen Tom Wirsing. Adult attorney Angelo Lonardo promises an appeal.
Remember that funny thing he used to do with his mouth? It's taken former WOIO news anchor Emmett Miller all the way to Los Angeles, where he debuted this week as co-anchor of the KTLA morning news. Miller is the source of many funny stories, including the time he confessed to a Chicago Tribune reporter that he didn't read the newspaper. But there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that he once did the news here sans pants, even after ardent fan Mary Strassmeyer teased him, "Do you ever do the news in your shorts? Maybe you should tonight."
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