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Council toasts wine merchant

After rejecting two proposals for downtown liquor stores in recent months, Evanston aldermen Monday found a merchant of alcoholic beverages that they liked.


After rejecting two proposals for downtown liquor stores in recent months, Evanston aldermen Monday found a merchant of alcoholic beverages that they liked.

Sandeep Ghaey, of 219 Central Ave. in Wilmette, has told officials he plans to operate the Vinic Wine Company at 1509 Chicago Ave. as a shop specializing in quality wines from family wineries and regional foods produced by artisanal farmers.

Ghaey, the son of a Kellogg MBA and a professor at Northwestern’s medical school, said he has spent much of his life in Evanston and wants his wine boutique to flexible and agreeable to the community.

Ghaey agreed to essentially all the suggestions for restrictions on the shop’s operation propose by Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, and the council voted preliminary approval for the store’s special use permit. Amendments to incorporate Fiske’s requests are to be added to the ordinance by the city’s legal staff in time for a final vote in two weeks.

On another special use request, the alderman gave final approval to plans for a Subway restaurant at 3330 Central St. after Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, said the several issues regarding traffic congestion at the site had been worked out.

Among other things, the restaurant has agreed to not open before 9 a.m., to reduce the potential for adding to traffic congestion created by the operation of a Starbucks in the same shopping strip.

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