What is next for Tara?

Oct 31, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck


The producers of Tru TV’s “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” are hoping to turn pro wrestler and restaurant owner Lisa Marie Varon’s unusual career path into a reality TV show.

The series would revolve around Varon and her Lincoln Park restaurant, The Squared Circle. Cameras began rolling Sunday when The Squared Circle hosted patrons for WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay per view and are expected to return a few more times to film.

The pizza and gourmet burgers restaurant opened in March and has attracted its share of colorful wrestling personalities. Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, The Honky Tonk Man, Rikishi, Lance Storm, Rhyno, Molly Holly, Alicia Fox and Maria Kanellis have all stopped by.

It was Kanellis who got into a verbal altercation with Varon two weeks ago at The Squared Circle to promote their appearance at Ring of Honor’s Glory By Honor at Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge.

Varon – who went under the name Victoria in WWE and Tara in TNA – has been more hands on with The Squared Circle than your typical celebrity restaurant owner. She is there almost on a nightly basis greeting guests. Varon previously owned a gyro stand in Lombard and a pizzeria in Louisville, Ken.

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