Evanston aldermen approved a raft of changes on the local food and liquor front Monday night — all of them involving familiar names.

  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea at 1622 Chicago Ave. was granted approval of its first-time application for a sidewalk cafe permit.
  • Sketchbook Brewing Company, 821 Chicago Ave., had its liquor license upgraded to authorize additional production capacity.
  • Twice & Thrice, LLC, the operator of LuLu’s, Taco Diablo, and Five & Dime under construction at 1026 Davis St., had its new liquor license introduced, with final approval expected at the April 11 meeting.
  • The Funky Monk, 618-1/2 Church St., had its request for a liquor license introduced.

And changes of liquor licenses to reflect new business ownerships were introduced and approved for Flat Top Grill, 707 Church St., and for the Hilton Orrington Hotel, 1700 Orrington Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sketchbook also received approval for a Taproom
    The most significant part of the Sketchbook approval was that they can sell beer for consumption on-premises, which means they can have a taproom such as the one at Temperance. They are planning on opening it in April.

    1. Great news!
      The taproom add would be a great development for Sketchbook and its local fans. I’m a Main St. Metra commuter and will be a happy afternoon patron.

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