The owners of the Track Lounge, the 140-year-old railroad-themed live music and sports bar north of downtown Crown Point, bought the Jolly Rogers Lounge on the city's far west side, closed it down and opened a new bar there after extensive renovations.
The newly opened Pivot Lounge at 11127 Witcomb St. replaced the Jolly Rogers, an infamous bar where scantily clad women danced for male customers whose then-owner was arrested for promoting prostitution at lingerie "fashion shows" in 1996, according to Times archives.
Track Lounge owners Caroline Siegel and Richard Siegel were approached about buying the property earlier this year. They bought the 4,000-square-foot pirate-themed bar, immediately closed the Jolly Rogers down, and renovated the building for the last six months before opening the brand new Pivot Lounge.
The Pivot Lounge will offer a full array of beer, wine and liquor, including India Pale Ales, other craft beers and a wide selection of bourbons, Caroline Siegel said. The new bar will have bingo on Tuesdays and live music or some other entertainment on weekends.
"It's had complete renovations," she said. "It has more of an industrial look. It will have a nice, friendly clean atmosphere."
Strafford Westgate, who's helping run the Pivot Lounge, said it's serving food like pork tenderloin sliders and a gourmet burger, and will soon have a full menu for dining in.
The Pivot Lounge will offer chicken, fish, shrimp cocktail, flatbreads, hummus and the ribs that have proven at the Track Lounge.
"My mom makes damn good ribs," he said.
The lounge can seat about 114 people, including 40 at the bar. It has pool tables and arcade games and will open an outdoor patio in the spring.
"It was a dump," Westgate said. "We redid everything from the floors to the ceilings. It's got whole new bathrooms, a brand new kitchen, new flooring, new everything. It looks pretty sweet."
The Pivot Lounge is open for winter hours from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but hours are expected to change. It's closed on Mondays.
For more information, call (219) 323-3689 or find Pivot Lounge on Facebook.