A proposal to allow individuals to bring their own liquor into certain businesses is quietly being discussed by Mayor Sandra Bury and her hand-picked Liquor Advisory Board.
The committee, which meets at 5 p.m. tomorrow, is scheduled to discuss the concept that was first raised by the Mayor at the January 24th committee meeting.
Bury explained to the committee that a new business had approached the village with interest in establishing a brick and mortar location. The business, which she didn’t disclose, other than to label it an “art studio” would allow small groups to participate in a private painting party. The business owner told Mayor Bury that she wants to allow her guests to bring their own drinks but the village doesn’t currently allow this type of business.
Bury told the committee that the village’s liquor code, which regulates all businesses that serve alcohol, would have to be amended to allow what she called a “BYOB” classification.
Bury said that she is proposing the BYOB classification but would only allow it for an “art studio” type of business. She said the liquor license would have a nominal fee and would not be available for any business but an art studio. Currently, there are no Oak Lawn art studios that have an interest in serving or selling liquor.
Bury described the business as a “paint and sip” kind of place that isn’t interested in securing a regular liquor license, that costs $6,000. The Mayor suggested a fee of $250 a year after the village’s attorney said that the fee in other communities is about $250. Orland Park has a BYOB license but does not limit it to art studios. Similarly, Naperville, Chicago and Palos Hills don’t have such a limit.
Bury provided committee members with a draft ordinance that included options. One of the options would be to allow food to also be served at the business. One of the committee members, Lary Daly, asked if a customer would be able to take a partially finished bottle of wine home and what the operation of hours would be for the establishment.
Bury didn’t provide the address of the proposed business but told committee members that it was east of Kostner on 95th Street on the south side of the street. The business would operate by appointment only and not have regular hours apparently. The proposal was continued for further discussion to tomorrow’s meeting.