GLENWOOD | Two liquor license applications that failed to win approval earlier this month will be reconsidered at the May 21 Village Board meeting.
The Delta Sonic gas station and car wash at 18225 S. Halsted St. and Athens Gyros at 18300 S. Halsted St. had sought licenses to allow the establishments to serve alcohol.
Businesses that have licenses to serve alcohol in the village can pursue housing video gambling machines without Village Board approval.
With two trustees absent on April 2, the Village Board voted 3-1 in favor of the applications. A fourth affirmative vote was needed for approval.
Trustee Tony Plott voted no to both applications. He said Delta Sonic already sells packaged alcohol and that he would have liked to have seen the business poll its regular customers to find out if they are in favor of serving alcohol at the location.
"I didn't think they had adequate parking for what they do there now," Plott said. "And then to me it was a quality of life issue because I didn't really think we needed slot machines and drinking where families are there getting their car washed."
Plott said he believes most of the business at Athens Gyros involves take-out orders and so he sees no reason to grant a liquor license for the restaurant.
Village President Kerry Durkin said Delta Sonic does plan to add gambling machines if the liquor license is granted. He was not sure if Athens Gyros has similar plans.
Durkin could have cast a fourth affirmative vote that would have given approval to the creation of the two new licenses. He said he wanted to leave the decision up to the new board that will be seated on May 7.
"That's their role as to how many (licenses) there are," Durkin said.
Ron Gardiner and Paul Styles were elected on April 9 to replace Trustees Al Freeman and Twone Thomas. Both did not run for re-election and both were absent for the April 2 votes.
Durkin said he sees a potential problem with granting a liquor license to Athens Gyros since it is located in close proximity to what he referred to as a "pay-day loan" type of establishment.