There will be a community meeting sponsored by Alderman Moore's office to discuss the proposal by Tas, a new restaurant, to offer liquor to its dining patrons at:
1146 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60626
Monday, January 7 at 7 PM
There was a flier taped to the gate of my building announcing the meeting, but there is no announcement on Ald. Moore's website, nor was there any e-mail notification. So perhaps Mr. Moore would like to post it on his site and send out e-mail notices.
This new restaurant sounds exciting and like a big plus for our neighborhood. A liquor license for such an establishment seems harmless, and really necessary for its business prospects. You can't help but notice that restaurants that don't serve liquor, but only "setups", tend to have a short life span. The Room, South, Speakeasy, and Suron are all gone.
So I have only one nagging question: will a liquor license tied to food sales lead to package liquor licenses for nearby convenience stores down the road? Most nearby residents would be happy to see this restaurant granted a license, and most of us are OK with Sam's place. But no one wants any more packaged liquor in the neighborhood , so we will want assurances that this license will not open the doors to package liquor and that any new liquor licenses granted will require that most sales be in food.