When Belushi’s opened above the Tilted Kilt Pub in Fort Myers, the big question by locals was, “Is it really THE Jim Belushi?” Yes, it is. And it's not just someone paying for the use of his name, either, but the actor/comedian himself.
Grabbing a microphone and his harmonica, Belushi took to the stage for an entertaining show at the opening of this music and comedy venue in April of 2014. It wasn’t just an opening night indulgence; patrons never know when he might randomly show up and sing the blues or introduce one of his favorite comics.
Jim Belushi frequents the stage at his namesake club in Fort Myers — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
Belushi says the entertainment space encompasses all of his passions: blues, comedy, friends and his famous brother John.
The bar is filled with one-of-a-kind memorabilia and photos, many never seen before, of the Belushi Brothers (Jim and John) as they were coming up, as well as in their glory days. Fellow comedian and beloved friend to the brothers Dan Aykroyd not only provided some of the items, but he also keeps the bar stocked with his own hand-crafted vodka.
Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka is poured from a glass skull, and sometimes minis are provided to party-goers as keepsakes. A fun yet classy place, only premium spirits are served in Belushi’s - no well brands
It only seems right that an establishment owned by Belushi offers food. Taking inspiration from his brother’s infamous Saturday Night Live sketch, the club serves a "Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! No Fries! Chips!" dish. The gourmet burgers were created in a partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
The menu has a basic stuffed cheeseburger; the "Blues Brothers," with Maytag blue cheese, bacon, mushrooms and spicy Cajun mayo; or the "Goin’ South" with chorizo, jalapeno, Tillamook cheddar and a chipotle mayo. Hungry patrons also have a handful of additional bar appetizers to choose from, such as hot pub pretzels.
While Belushi’s is billed as a blues club, the owner and music lover embraces all genres, as long as it’s live. Find bands here Wednesday through Saturday nights. And don’t forget about the laughs: Belushi’s hosts a comedy weekend the first of each month, with nationally known and up-and-coming talent.
"The Basement" has unique memorabilia and replicas of items in historic Belushi movie sets — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The stage is intimate, lined with rich wood, and you'll also find Chicago brick in spots. The venue itself is quite cozy and warm, with room for a little more than 100 revelers. The bar in the back of the club opens to an outdoor patio, where you can still catch a glimpse of the action on the stage while enjoying the night sky and fresh air.
If you’re having a party or want some private space, the second-floor "Basement" is perfect. The small room at the top of the stairs, just outside the main stage area, contains replicas from a Belushi movie set, and the water heater is actually a party keg. Belushi calls the room "magic.”
On Sundays during football season, the bar is transformed into "The Bear Cave," a favorite gathering spot for Chicago Bears fans.
You don’t have to be a fan of the Belushi Brothers to enjoy this great entertainment spot, but if you are, you will be in seventh heaven.