CHICAGO (CBS) — An unusual estate sale took place Saturday in the South Side Pullman neighborhood. Items once belonging to the owner of the legendary folk bar “The Earl of Old Town” were put up for sale.
Earl Pionke was a great barkeeper and a shrewd judge of talent, but he was also a world-class pack rat. The three story building, which has 13 hotel rooms in the third floor, two apartments on the second floor and a bar and restaurant room on the first floor, was jammed with items ranging from The Earl of Old Town’s signage and business records to old cigarette vending machines, sewing machines, console radios and tattered bar furniture.
Biggerstaff has sold the building for $80,000 to a group of California investors, whom Pionke’s son Joe Pionke said, have ties to Pullman. He’s heard they intend to turn it into a bed and breakfast, and have plans to gut most of the building.