|Only the most notorious women's restrooms in Berwyn|
display M.O'C tattoo flash!
I love the Cigar and Stripes Bar in Berwyn!
It's rumored to be haunted, the decor is eccentric
and sideshow/house of horrors crazy fun,
every night has some sort of entertainment, music/movies/dj/etc,
the food and drinks are delicious and Ronnie Lottz, the owner,
has always been top notch to me.
Even more importantly, there are at least
6 sheets of my tattoo flash hanging
in the now famous woman's bathroom
Why is it famous?
Because over 3 million folks have viewed the
YouTube video of comedian Tamale Rocks
(who I've enjoyed many times hosting Chicagoland burlesque shows)
"discovering" a two way mirror on an unlocked door between the woman's
bathroom and a storage closet.
My first reaction was the same as any right minded American,
"Lock that pervert owner up NOW!
I've brought dates there!! I'll kill that SOB myself!!!"
But I was hoping that Ronnie could come up with an explanation,
though I had no idea on God's Green Earth what it could be.
But he has.
It was made for laffs.
There's often a dummy monster behind the 2 way mirror,
and when the unsuspecting full bladdered patron switched on
one of the lights in the bathroom,
it would instead light up in the closet making the monster 'appear'
through the jagged cut out opening in the door behind the mirror,
scaring the crap (thank you) out of whoever was in the bathroom.
In fact, he says, it was no secret to all the regular patrons,
who would wait at the bar for the screams.
I looked for a few old posted examples to add weight to the story,
which is difficult, because at the moment 99.9% of the
internet articles are about the newest "shock",
but I'm told the funhouse mirror has been common knowledge on Yelp for years and
this blogger from 2013 hints at the surprise by saying
that they're not going to give
away what happens when you flick the light switch-
Also, superstar artist Kymm Bang
(who also has art on display right above that notorious mirror)
posted a pic of how the halloween creature looked
when illuminated (below).
Of course, common sense (in fact, any sense) says you
really, Really, REALLY shouldn't have a 2-way mirror in the women's restroom,
but he police checked it all out and no charges are being pressed.
Maybe because you can only get to the closet by entering the bathroom first,
and the closet door can't be locked from the inside,
making it unlikely that you could hide in there undetected.
And, I'm guessing, Ronnies story rang true to them.
So, let's all relax and calm down.
And a good way to relax is taking a trip to 6715 Ogden Ave in Berwyn,
and place your rear end on the biggest tourist attraction in Illiniois, the woman's toilet!
Now there's no second guessing that a Cigar and Stripes employee might be pantless behind the 2-Way mirror, because as soon as the door closes behind you the room lights up and the monster always appears!
But more importantly while you're there,
have some chicken wings and a beer (or 3)!
EAT! LAFF! DRINK!