Glenwood board weighs liquor licenses for restaurant, gas station

2013-05-28T00:00:00Z Glenwood board weighs liquor licenses for restaurant, gas stationPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | The Village Board last week did not approve the creation of one liquor license and tabled a vote on another.

Athens Gyros, 18300 S. Halsted St., had sought a license to allow the restaurant to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Village President Kerry Durkin said he did not know the intent of the owner of the establishment, but told the board that issuance of the license would pave the way for the business to pursue a video gaming license from the state.

"With these licenses, it is one of the things you will always have to consider going forward," Durkin said.

Trustee Ron Gardiner made a motion, approved by the board, that tabled the matter until the owner of Athens Gyros can attend a board meeting.

Currently, the Glenwood Oaks restaurant is the only business in the village that has video gambling machines.

Finance Director Linda Brunette said the village receives about an average of $1,200 monthly in total revenue from the five machines at Glenwood Oaks.

Trustee Paul Styles expressed concern that Athens Gyros might have a hard time ensuring only those of legal gambling age use the machines if the restaurant were to obtain them.

"Glenwood Oaks doesn't have that problem because they've got them in the bar," Styles said.

After tabling the Athens Gyros matter, the board discussed creating a license so that the Delta Sonic gas station and car wash at 18225 S. Halsted St. could serve alcohol for consumption on site.

The business already has a license to sell packaged liquors.

Legal representation for Delta Sonic said the new license was being sought so  the business could go forward with an attempt to add video gaming machines.

Trustees expressed concern there might not be adequate parking at the site and about maneuverability in the parking lot.

The board was deadlocked, as Trustees Terry Campbell, Carmen Hopkins and Rich Nielsen voted to create the new liquor license for Delta Sonic, while Trustees Ron Gardiner, Tony Plott and Paul Styles did not approve.

Durkin could have broken the tie with a vote either way, but chose not to do so.

"I said before, I did not want to be the one who casts this vote," Durkin said. "This is a board decision. It's not going to be mine. So this issue is dead."

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