Nick Petrella, Boulevard Tavern owner, dies
Nick Petrella, 65, owner of The Boulevard Tavern, has died, a close family friend confirmed this morning.
The tavern this year is celebrating its 75th year.
Nick Petrella took over for his father, Angelo Petrella, in 1989. Angelo co-owned the bar with his brother Joe Petrella, Nick’s uncle.
The tavern opened its doors in 1937 at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Ravenwood Avenue on the city’s South Side. Before that, the Petrella family operated a grocery store on the site since 1926. The grocery store and tavern originally were founded by Nick’s grandfather Mateo Petrella, who immigrated to Ohio from Italy near the turn of the century.
Petrella was savoring the restaurant’s successful anniversary and contemplating a future for the business without him.
Petrella said in February that he had no intention of closing the restaurant, but wanted to retire at some point and sell it to someone who would keep it the same.