Deal Near to Sell Cheli’s Chili Bar in Dearborn

A deal is near to sell Cheli’s Chili Bar in Dearborn. The restaurant is owned by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios.

A deal is near to sell Cheli’s Chili Bar in Dearborn. The restaurant is owned by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios.

Cheli’s Chili Bar in Dearborn, owned by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, is expected to be sold as early as this week, according to people familiar with the restaurant.

If the sale goes through, the restaurant/bar would close and reopen under a new name and theme. Cheli’s employees are being told their last day of work could be as soon as Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The sale of Cheli’s is not unexpected. Chris Chelios has been trying to sell the location since retiring from the Detroit Red Wings. It is not clear what Chelios will do with his Detroit restaurant, located across from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

Cheli’s Chili Bar was once one of the more popular places in Dearborn but over the years it has become just another bar in Dearborn.

If the building sale does go through, we are hopeful the restaurant will be renovated and reopened with something that will spark more interest in downtown west Dearborn.

 

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