Evanston aldermen introduced a variety of changes to the city's liquor code Monday night — eliminating licenses, adding new ones and making other changes.
The new ordinances would:
- Eliminate the liquor license of Giordano's at 1527 Chicago Ave., because the restaurant has closed.
- Eliminate the liquor license of Clarke's at 720 Clark St., because the owners have decided to stop selling liquor.
- Create a new liquor license category that would let grocery stores sell liquor for off-site consumption and sell beer and wine for consumption on-site.
- Award the first license in that new category to the new Whole Foods Market at 2748 Green Bay Road.
- Allow micro-breweries to sell beer in 22-ounce containers for off-site consumption. The lliquor code already allows that size container at larger craft breweries.
- Create a new liquor license for craft wineries.
- Allow the sale of wine at sidewalk cafes operated by wine shops.
- Remove the Harley Clarke mansion and add the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center as authorized city-owned buildings for issuance of one-day liquor licenses.
All the changes were introduced on the consent agenda and final approval will require another vote at the council's April 27 meeting.