New pubs, Rosatiâ€™s want to sell alcohol
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Three Elburn businesses, including Rosati’s and two pubs that could open downtown this summer, asked the village for liquor licenses.
One petitioner, Kevin Schmidt, plans to open a sports bar and grill at the former The Grocery Store site at 107 N. Main St. He said it would have tables for eating and nearly 30 seats at the bar.
During the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, Schmidt asked if the village would waive its requirement that a business be primarily a restaurant, rather than a bar, to sell liquor while allowing children to eat there.
â€œI would think you could make an exception, so that kids with parents could eat at the tables. Otherwise you could have some angry citizens in Elburn,â€ Schmidt said.
The village allows Papa G’s to sell liquor in its restaurant, which has many families with children as customers, because the majority of its sales come from food, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said.
Michael Rafferty is remodeling the former Emma’s restaurant space at 117 Main St., where he intends to open an Irish pub and restaurant in August. He is seeking a license to sell beer, wine and spirits.
Trustee Bill Grabarek said they could petition the village separately for permission to have children in a business whose sales are mostly from alcohol.
Rosati’s owner A.J. Hussein plans to move his carryout business at 107 Valley Drive in two months to a larger site in the Jewel complex across the street. He wants to sell beer and wine in the new dine-in eatery.
The Village Board will decide whether to grant the liquor licenses after reviewing an ordinance drafted by staff allowing for the new licenses.