Angeline Terry

New Bar Planned for Oakland and North

Upper East Bar will occupy space that was long the Eastsider and even longer, O'Reilly's.

By - Jul 28th, 2021 01:49 pm
1732 E. North Ave. Photo taken July 28, 2021 by Dave Reid.

1732 E. North Ave. Photo taken July 28, 2021 by Dave Reid.

Upper East Bar is set to take the place occupied for years by the Eastsider, according to a liquor license application. 

After the Eastsider closed in December 2017, the location (1732 E. North Ave.) was briefly an Italian wine bar, Baccanera Enoteca, that opened in April 2019 and closed in December 2020. 

The new bar will be owned by Cord Harris. Harris is the owner and founder of Harris Realty Group and received his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School. The applicant did not respond to a request for more information by the time of publication. 

Harris applied for both a liquor license and a cigarette & tobacco license for Upper East Bar, and, according to the applications, anticipates that cigarettes will make up about 5% of sales. But unlike the Eastsider, a smoky haze won’t linger over the bar.

In a 2016 Bar Exam column, Michael Horne described the inside as a “tiny historic tavern.” 

“The room is nearly as tall as it is wide, offering nice proportions,” Horne said. 

Since then Taylor Layton, former owner of Baccanera Enoteca, oversaw a complete renovation project that included adding a patio. 

The building, which includes apartments above, was built in 1909. The property is assessed for $625,100 according to city records. It’s owned by James and Sue Wiechmann.

Upper East Bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday. Common Council approval is required for the liquor license.

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