Ridge gives bars one extra hour

Ridge gives bars one extra hour

There are 62 comments on the Oak Lawn/Evergreen Park Reporter story from Sep 10, 2010, titled Ridge gives bars one extra hour. In it, Oak Lawn/Evergreen Park Reporter reports that:

A group of Chicago Ridge bar owners rejoiced Tuesday after village trustees voted to extend the hours they can sell alcohol.

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Hallelujah

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 10, 2010
A group of Chicago Ridge bar owners rejoiced Tuesday after village trustees voted to extend the hours they can sell alcohol.

Grinning from ear to ear, the owners lauded the board's decision to increase bar hours from 2 to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Chicago Ridge Mayor Eugene Siegel, who serves as the village's liquor commissioner, supported the move with the hope it will increase sales tax revenues. He plans to meet Friday with Police Chief Rob Pyznarski and Trustee Jim Saunoris, chairman of the Village Board's Police Department Committee, to finalize any details.

The board threatened to revoke the privilege if necessary. Bar owners will be judged on an individual basis, and police reserve the right to close a bar after 2 a.m. if an owner fails to control patrons. Siegel explained the fecklessness of one bar will no longer reflect poorly on the lot.

Kathleen McKinney owner of Jesse's Tavern, 10501 Ridgeland Ave., lauded both the additional hour and the new criteria.

"It gives all the bar owners an opportunity to control their clientele and control their environment," she said. "If one kid is bad, you can't blame the family."

McKinney stood before the Village Board on July 20 with other Ridge bar owners and claimed the longer hours of bars in neighboring towns are putting their business in near ruin. The group argued customers have either stopped showing up or leave early in order to beat the cover charges at other bars.

"I'm happy that they gave us a break, that they realize we need help and that they thought about it and decided to give us a chance," McKinney said.

Trustees voted 3-1 in favor of the additional hour. Trustee Dan Badon cast the sole dissenting vote.

"I think two hours won't make too much difference, and I don't like the idea of people coming from other towns because the bars close at 2 [a.m.] there," Badon said.

Badon echoed the populous sentiment of the village nearly 30 years ago. After a referendum in the 1980s, the Village Board scaled back bar hours from 4 to 2 a.m. with the intent of curbing late-night brawls and drunken drivers coming from other areas.

Evergreen Park decreased its liquor hours from 3 to 2 a.m. two years ago for the same reason. Worth allows its bars to stay open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. Palos Hills has two types of liquor licenses, one reserved for bars that opened before an ordinance change nine years ago, and one for those established thereafter.

Trustee Brad Grove, a bar owner, abstained from the vote. Grove made it known in July he disagreed with the requirement that bars stop serving liquor at 1:30 a.m., even though a license has been paid until 2 a.m.

Trustee Michael Davies was split on the issue and also abstained.

"I kind of see both sides of the issue," he said, adding that the hour increase probably should have been passed as a trial run, not permanently.

Davies knows different bars attract different crowds and hopes to hear a report after the holidays from Pyznarski about which bars, if any, caused problems in the extra hour, he said.

"I want to see everybody succeed, but we have to be careful with the residents," Davies explained. "I don't live next to a bar, but maybe for those people [who do] this is going to be a problem."
Hallelujah

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 10, 2010
Chicago Ridge Mayor Eugene Siegel, who serves as the village's liquor commissioner, supported the move with the hope it will increase sales tax revenues. He plans to meet Friday with Police Chief Rob Pyznarski and Trustee Jim Saunoris, chairman of the Village Board's Police Department Committee, to finalize any details.

The board threatened to revoke the privilege if necessary. Bar owners will be judged on an individual basis, and police reserve the right to close a bar after 2 a.m. if an owner fails to control patrons. Siegel explained the fecklessness of one bar will no longer reflect poorly on the lot.

Kathleen McKinney owner of Jesse's Tavern, 10501 Ridgeland Ave., lauded both the additional hour and the new criteria.

"It gives all the bar owners an opportunity to control their clientele and control their environment," she said. "If one kid is bad, you can't blame the family."

McKinney stood before the Village Board on July 20 with other Ridge bar owners and claimed the longer hours of bars in neighboring towns are putting their business in near ruin. The group argued customers have either stopped showing up or leave early in order to beat the cover charges at other bars.

"I'm happy that they gave us a break, that they realize we need help and that they thought about it and decided to give us a chance," McKinney said.

Trustees voted 3-1 in favor of the additional hour. Trustee Dan Badon cast the sole dissenting vote.

"I think two hours won't make too much difference, and I don't like the idea of people coming from other towns because the bars close at 2 [a.m.] there," Badon said.

Badon echoed the populous sentiment of the village nearly 30 years ago. After a referendum in the 1980s, the Village Board scaled back bar hours from 4 to 2 a.m. with the intent of curbing late-night brawls and drunken drivers coming from other areas.

Evergreen Park decreased its liquor hours from 3 to 2 a.m. two years ago for the same reason. Worth allows its bars to stay open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. Palos Hills has two types of liquor licenses, one reserved for bars that opened before an ordinance change nine years ago, and one for those established thereafter.

Trustee Brad Grove, a bar owner, abstained from the vote. Grove made it known in July he disagreed with the requirement that bars stop serving liquor at 1:30 a.m., even though a license has been paid until 2 a.m.

Trustee Michael Davies was split on the issue and also abstained.

"I kind of see both sides of the issue," he said, adding that the hour increase probably should have been passed as a trial run, not permanently.

Davies knows different bars attract different crowds and hopes to hear a report after the holidays from Pyznarski about which bars, if any, caused problems in the extra hour, he said.

"I want to see everybody succeed, but we have to be careful with the residents," Davies explained. "I don't live next to a bar, but maybe for those people [who do] this is going to be a problem."
truth be known

United States

#3 Sep 12, 2010
OMG ... time to move out of this filthy little town. One extra hour? How idiotic!
MADD

Oak Lawn, IL

#4 Sep 12, 2010
Grove is a tool. He thinks that he should sell drinks right up to the time on the license? So he just turned his 3am license into an open until 3:30 drinking party without voting.
MADD Patrol

Tinley Park, IL

#5 Sep 13, 2010
Ok Eddy, friend of Burpo, Your future running mate, Juanita, voted for the extension not Brad. Anything to use against the Gene Team Eh little guy?
Robert

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 13, 2010
MADD Patrol wrote:
Ok Eddy, friend of Burpo, Your future running mate, Juanita, voted for the extension not Brad. Anything to use against the Gene Team Eh little guy?
Ummm...Brad voted. An Abstention is counted with the Mahority. Expanded bar hours, smoking indoors, building code violations. The list goes on and one.
GEEEZZZ

Tinley Park, IL

#8 Sep 13, 2010
Robert wrote:
<quoted text>Ummm...Brad voted. An Abstention is counted with the Mahority. Expanded bar hours, smoking indoors, building code violations. The list goes on and one.
Ummm...Spell Check?
Robert

Chicago, IL

#9 Sep 13, 2010
Robert wrote:
<quoted text>Ummm...Brad voted. An Abstention is counted with the Mahority. Expanded bar hours, smoking indoors, building code violations. The list goes on and one.
Ummm...Mahority is a new adjective. Sound it out. The Mahority Party.
Bill

Chicago, IL

#10 Sep 13, 2010
I like the fact that they were "rejoicing"
Mad Dog

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 13, 2010
Bill wrote:
I like the fact that they were "rejoicing"
I am really not too mad. You better believe that they were rejoicing. You might as well get all the money the drunks have. All those bars just had the keys to the city tossed to them. The police better get on board like they used to be in Cal City and over here in Stickney and McCook or there will be serious DUI problems. I read that article. None of the towns around Chicago Ridge have the same licenses. It will for sure become the late night haven. It used to be like that here. Why does a Village Trustee have a liquor license? How does that happen? Does every other town allow that or is it a misprint? The fox was in the henhouse it looks like. That's good work when you can get it.
ABBA DABBA DOO

Chicago, IL

#12 Sep 15, 2010
YABBA DABBA DOO
Well Well

Palos Heights, IL

#13 Sep 15, 2010
The American Legion has nothing to worry about being open that extra hour because BRUNO the commander has thrown or fired everyone OUT??? I hope he LOVE"S what he did to a place everyone loved to go to but now he gave there business to every bar in town, The new hot spot is Nick's pizza bar you can't get a seat in the place and even the owner Gary can't thank Bruno enough for all the extra business Bruno has provided his place.
Cassie

Tinley Park, IL

#14 Sep 15, 2010
Mad Dog wrote:
<quoted text>I am really not too mad. You better believe that they were rejoicing. You might as well get all the money the drunks have. All those bars just had the keys to the city tossed to them. The police better get on board like they used to be in Cal City and over here in Stickney and McCook or there will be serious DUI problems. I read that article. None of the towns around Chicago Ridge have the same licenses. It will for sure become the late night haven. It used to be like that here. Why does a Village Trustee have a liquor license? How does that happen? Does every other town allow that or is it a misprint? The fox was in the henhouse it looks like. That's good work when you can get it.
Hi Mr. Dog, I think that was the guy making fun of me for saying I saw helocopters over Chicago Ridge. He's mean. Please say hello the Mr. Hov for me. I'm sorry Dan lost.
Jack oops Cassie

Chicago, IL

#15 Sep 16, 2010
I really would like to be a Women.
Dick Hertz

Oak Lawn, IL

#16 Sep 16, 2010
My balls itch bad. Really bad!
Cassie

Tinley Park, IL

#17 Sep 16, 2010
Dick Hertz wrote:
My balls itch bad. Really bad!
Stay away from EdFred!
helicopter girl

Palos Hills, IL

#18 Sep 16, 2010
Cassie wrote:
<quoted text>
Stay away from EdFred!
Stay away from Crack.
helicopter girl

Palos Hills, IL

#19 Sep 16, 2010
who took her out of her box?
Cassie

Tinley Park, IL

#20 Sep 16, 2010
helicopter girl wrote:
<quoted text> Stay away from Crack.
Hi Heli girl dude! If you mean that crack I saw when In The Mood Ehh bent over to pick up Freds diaper I will stay away from that. Thanks my peep sister!
Mr Wonderful

Oak Lawn, IL

#21 Sep 17, 2010
"I want to see everybody succeed, but we have to be careful with the residents," Davies explained. "I don't live next to a bar, but maybe for those people [who do] this is going to be a problem."

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