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Council handles a bucket full of liquor issues

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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.

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