In addition to catering several Blackhawks flights, current Blackhawk Patrick Kane and former Blackhawk Bobby Hull are investors in Harry Caray’s Navy Pier location. It also helps that the Rosemont restaurant is close to O’Hare and possesses a rare liquor license that allows it to serve alcohol before 7 a.m. on special occasions.
Asked who decided where the team visited, Parker said “(Jonathan) Toews calls the shots — he’s the captain. When (Viktor) Stalberg texted me, he said ‘75 percent of the team wants to come to American Junkie, but Toews is the one who has to confirm it.’”
Not surprisingly, the Blackhawks players rarely had to buy their own drinks at Roof or any other stop on their victory tour. Galatz said the team went through “quite a bit” of 6-liter bottles of Moet champagne, worth $1,000 each, all of which were on the house. Board Room spokeswoman Jess Winters said the club gave the players a $15,000 bottle of Ace of Spades as a gift. The bill was high at American Junkie as well, but Parker was more than happy to pick up the check.
"We gave them over $20,000 in champagne," Parker said. "We’re a sports bar. These guys going the distance (in the playoffs) was amazing business for us. It’s the least we can do."