Tavern to Keep 4 A.M. Liquor License

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Byline: Madhu Krishnamurthy mkrishnamurthy@dailyherald.com

The Miner Street Tavern in downtown Des Plaines will change its ownership but still will be able to serve patrons until 4 a.m. after the city council approved aproposal it rejected a year ago.

Des Plaines has debated for years about how late restaurants/bars should be allowed to serve alcohol. The city cannot get rid of 4 a.m. licenses already in existence unless the licensee applies for a change of ownership.

A year ago, the city councildeniedthe tavern's applicationfor a change of ownership on the existing 4 a.m. license. Though the business, 1492 Miner St., remains within the same family, some aldermen had hoped to have the tavern owners apply for a 2 a.m. license instead.

At the time, Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan had said city officials won't be granting any more 4 a.m. liquor licenses, and would like to eliminate all such licenses in town.

Recently though, Des Plaines approved 4 a.m. liquor licenses for six restaurants and bars at the new Rivers Casino under a new liquor license category. The casino is open from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

There was no objection from aldermen to the casino, which is on the edge of town in a commercial area surrounded by major highways, having 4 a.m. liquor licenses.

Meanwhile, instead of applying for a 2 a.m. license, the operators of Miner Street Tavern made improvements and returned with a renewed request.

That didn't sway Ward 5 Alderman Jim Brookman.

"I think (a tavern), it's different than the casino," he told the tavern owners Tuesday night. "I think people are going to be driving to your establishment from another tavern closing at 2 a.m. I just think perpetuating a 4 a. …