I invite you to attend a community meeting about a proposed new tavern at 6651 N. Clark (between Wallen and North Shore). The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at the location of the proposed tavern–6651 N. Clark. Photos of the interior of the proposed tavern are below.
The meeting is for informational purposes only, as the application does not require aldermanic approval. The zoning classification for the property allows for a tavern and the liquor moratorium in the 49th Ward applies to packaged goods licenses only, not taverns or restaurants.
The liquor license application, however, must be approved by the City of Chicago’s Local Liquor Control Commissioner, Mr. Gregory Steadman. The Liquor Control Commissioner has 45 to 90 days from the receipt of the application to either grant or deny the application. The applicants have agreed to refrain from filing their application until after the community meeting next week.
For more information on the City’s liquor licensing process, CLICK HERE.
The applicants are Koshaba Khamis, who owns the building that would house the proposed tavern, and his business partners,Eddie Markhay and Nabil Draha.
Mr. Khamis has 30 years of experience in the beverage and hospitality business. Mr. Khamis once operated the restaurant, Big Buns and Pita, later known as Sahara Kabob, which was located next door to the proposed tavern. He also owned the tavern known asMK Lounge, located at the northwest corner of Clark and Devon, from 1986 to 1990.
Mr. Markhay and Mr. Draha own the Garden of Eden Mediterranean Restaurant, located at 7156 N. California.
At the meeting, the applicants will show the improvements they’ve made to the interior of the premises, explain their proposed business plan and respond to your questions and comments.