Wheaton Opens Door for Relaxed Liquor Laws
Chase, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Chase Daily Herald Staff Writer
In what is expected to be the first in a line of changes to Wheaton's liquor laws, the city council Monday said another type of business - the microbrewery - can exist within its limits.
In a unanimous vote and with no discussion among members or comments by citizens, the city council approved the change, which allows restaurants to open with brewing vats on premises.
A microbrewery has broached city leaders about opening in either the Danada area or in downtown Wheaton. The change in city law was made mainly because of that inquiry.
The council's decision comes as members are considering several changes to the city's liquor laws. The city's liquor control commission last week recommended other changes be made, including a loosening of regulations on restaurant signs and package liquor sales.
Under Monday's change, a microbrewery would hold two licenses: one given to restaurants that serve beer in lounge areas and another just for microbreweries, administrative assistant David Mahalek said. …