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Red Sox and Bruins banners proudly flew over the doorway of Nic and Dino’s Tripoli Tap. A neon sign in the front window promoted Sam Adams as the preferred beverage of its patrons. And the paneled walls were festooned with all sorts of Boston sports memorabilia, all of which was donated by friends, family, and loyal customers.
Co-owned by Steve Nicoli, 48, and Dean Zanella, 47, friends from Framingham, Mass., the Tripoli Tap is a Windy City watering hole that could just as easily rub shoulders with any Boston establishment in the Fens or on Causeway Street.
With the Bruins in town to play the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tripoli Tap has been a Boston sports sanctuary.