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Mojoes to reopen as The Tree

Reopening June 13

Mojoes of Joliet, 22 W. Cass St., seen Wednesday.
Mojoes of Joliet, 22 W. Cass St., seen Wednesday.

JOLIET – A new club with a different style will replace Mojoes of Joliet, the city announced Friday.

The Tree is scheduled to open June 13, keeping most previously scheduled concerts, according to a news release put out late Friday afternoon by the City of Joliet.

The owner of Mojoes of Joliet, a downtown club that featured heavy metal music and alternative rock, said this week he was shutting down after another run-in with the city over allegations of overcrowding.

While Mojoes often operated on the edge, running into trouble with city officials over fights and other incidents while also attracting young audiences in large numbers, The Tree will feature painting classes, lunches with a hibachi chef and a dress shop.

The Tree will be owned by Betsy Kuypers, owner of Freaksters Roadhouse in Pontiac.

Kuypers could not be immediately reached for comment.

But Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said he met with Kuypers and she is well aware of past problems at the club.

"She's been successful running clubs in the past," O'Dekirk said. "She's very clear about the limits in the capacity."

According to the city's news release, The Tree will emphasize rock, country, bluegrass and folk music.

It also will serve lunch, featuring custom-made salads, sushi and a community table with a hibachi chef. Painting classes will be held in an upstairs bar with coffee and wine served while acoustic music is played.

Kuypers also is the owner of Roadhouse Radio, a cluster of Internet-based radio stations, according to the news release. One station is active rock, programmed by Freak Roadhouse Rodeo. She will launch Roadhouse Route 66 in the fall featuring jazz, oldies, Americana and bluegrass.

The Tree also will become home base for “The Filthy Stitch” a company started with Emily Sifrit, a Chicago dress designer, according to the release. The Filthy Stitch designs dresses out of concert T-shirts.

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