I am writing to invite you to attend a community meeting to review a proposal to allow Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6741 N. Clark (at Columbia), to expand its business into an adjacent storefront. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd, 7:00 p.m., at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark (at Farwell), 2nd Floor.
Henry Younan, the owner of Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, runs a business that specializes in fine wines, craft and imported beers and spirits. He would like to expand his business into an adjacent storefront. In order to operate at the new address, he needs to obtain a packaged goods liquor license from the City of Chicago.
Before he can apply for the license, however, he must convince me to introduce an ordinance to lift the moratorium on new packaged goods licenses that currently exists in the area. The moratorium extends on both sides of Clark Street from Wallen to Pratt. If the City Council were to lift the moratorium, it could not be re-imposed for one year.
Lifting a moratorium does not automatically entitle an applicant to a liquor license; it simply gives the applicant the right to apply for a license. He or she still must satisfy the City’s criteria for a liquor license and the application is subject to the final approval of the City’s Liquor Control Commissioner.
Mr. Younan has already built out the additional space and he invites you to visit his store and adjacent storefront to examine the type of business he runs.
I also urge you to attend the meeting to offer your opinions of the proposal. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to reply to this e-mail with your thoughts and suggestions.