Bloomingpedia:This week's featured article/2006 Week 40
U Club is a locally-owned upscale casual restuarant located at 254 N. Walnut Street. It was opened in October 2005 by business partners Mark Gilcrest and Peter Dvorak. While the name suggests a sports bar, unlike nearby Scotty's Brewhouse, the U Club atmosphere is more akin to Tutto Bene and Grazie!. Dress is casual and reservations are accepted.
The Bloomington U Club is the second location, after the original restaurant was opened at Ball State. The original restaurant was spun off and is no longer affiliated with the current U Club LLC. The owners intend to open other locations in the region.
Mark Gilcrest has ties to Bloomington, though he is a Chicago native. His parents were both native Hoosiers and went to school at Indiana University. They were also married in Bloomington. Gilcrest still maintains a home in Bloomington as well as Chicago.