The building at 810 Grove St. in downtown Evanston that used to house The Keg is getting a major facelift and may end up becoming the city’s third brewpub.

Evan Oliff, whose Preferred Development company has done major retail projects in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, says he’s negotiating with the owner of a Wicker Park brew pub to lease the building once it’s renovated.

Based on a rendering (above) now mounted on the building’s facade, the new project will radically transform the look of the building — highlighting original architectural detail along the cornice line — but opening up the structure with a wall of glass.

The Keg of Evanston, back in the day.

The Keg of Evanston became notorious for allegations of serving underage patrons and for a fatal 2005 shooting inside the bar.

The city revoked its liquor license in 2012, but appeals stayed its closing — which finally happened this spring after the building’s owner declined to renew the bar’s lease.

Oliff says he doesn’t own the building, but is working with the owner on the renovation project.

Two brewpubs — Peckish Pig on Howard Street and Smylie Brothers on Oak Avenue — and a craft brewery — Temperance Beer Company on Dempster Street — are scheduled to open in Evanston over the next few months.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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