Imported from Belgium, this bar was built by Pabst Blue Ribbon in 1898. John P. Brady was the original owner; his initials are still etched in the front door glass. The Mahogany mirrored bar spans fifty feet, with hand carved figurines at each end. It is also accented with the original brass fixtures. Detailed carved lion heads are throughout the building. Along the wall are small buzzers topped with tiny eagles that were used to summon a waiter to the customers. While overhead is an embossed tin ceiling. Stained-glass and leaded windows enhance the 19th century atmosphere. The brass footed pedestal tables are still here, as is the teller cage where men would cash their paychecks, and then come in for a drink. The brass spittoons are now used as tip jars behind the bar. Years ago when women were not allowed in the taverns, the men would have to take their lady friends upstairs to drink. Their drinks were then sent up to them via the dumbwaiter, which still works today.
We have recently renovated the kitchen and installed a brand new draft system with 20 handles. Try any of the 20 beers we have on draft with a selection from our new menu.
We hope you find a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere here at Cerno's where you can have a drink and something to eat with friends. We hope your time spent here was fun and memorable. Please come back and see us again soon.
John Cernovich & Brian Crabtree - Owners