In January of 2005, when I started looking for a location, there were some areas that were totally run down and needed tons of work. I found a space in the south suburbs of Chicago. It wasn’t the best place, but with some planning and help from my two cousins, Frankie (RIP) and Dan, we dove in with construction and built it all in two months. We never did construction before and we were learning as we went along.
All the work had to be done at night when we were done with our real jobs. White Castle Crave Cases and Rockstar energy drinks helped us work long into the night. Some nights, it was like the Three Stooges building a house. We had a lot of fun just hanging out, laughing and using power tools. Frankie would be using a cheap nail gun. The ones that had a bullet shell in it. “Fire in the hole” he would yell out.
Here are some before and after and pictures of our handy work and then pictures from our first show.