Businesses ask for expanded liquor-sales hours
[quote]by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Two Elburn business operators want the village to expand the number of hours they can sell alcohol under the current municipal liquor code.
Kevin Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Towne Tap in downtown Elburn, asked the Village Board on Monday for permission to open his bar at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of at noon as currently allowed under his Class A liquor license.
Currently, restaurants, clubs and taverns may not sell alcohol on Sundays until noon. However, liquor stores in the village may sell packaged liquor starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Schmidt said since the village allows liquor stores to sell alcohol Sunday morning, bars should have the same privilege.
â€œI want to be able to open the doors (of Schmidt’s, a sports bar) at 11 a.m., for the pre-game shows,â€ Schmidt said.
Also on Monday, Hughes Creek Golf Club manager Heather Espe requested that the village allow clubs that hold a Class F liquor license, including Hughes, to begin selling alcohol at 9 a.m. on weekdays and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
â€œWe have golfers who want a beer or a bloody Mary at the (course) turn,â€ Espe said. â€œIt would be a nice added bonus for us, since our competitors (Bliss Creek Golf and Tanna Farms golf clubs) can do it.â€
Trustee Jerry Schmidt said he supports both the proposed Class F and Class A liquor code changes.
â€œI think it’s good for Elburn,â€ Schmidt said.
Trustees Gordon Dierschow and Patricia Romke also said they support allowing the earlier liquor sales.
If the Village Board approves the Class F and Class A ordinance changes, all businesses in the village that hold those liquor licenses would be affected, not just Schmidt’s and Hughes Creek.
Trustee Bill Grabarek said he is hesitant about permanently allowing the sale of liquor at bars before noon on Sunday, as opposed to just permitting a temporary variance during football season.
Grabarek said that before the board votes on the proposed liquor-code change for Class A licenses, he wants to gauge community sentiment about the issue.
â€œDo they really want the bars to open at 11 a.m. (Sunday)?â€ Grabarek asked.
The Village Board possibly will vote on the proposed changes on Monday, Aug. 2.
Liquor stores in Elburn, which hold Class C liquor licenses, would not be affected by either proposed liquor-code change.