The owner of a Central Street restaurant wants Evanston to let him deliver beer and wine along with food orders.

Central Street Cafe owner Mitch Dulin told the Liquor Conrol Board at its last meeting that customers have been asking for the extra service.

Dulin says liquor deliveries would be limited to customers over 21. and his drivers would take a photo snapshot of the ID of people who signed for delivery orders.

He says such deliveries are allowed in Chicago and used by restaurants there including Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park.

Liquor board member Marion Macbeth said she was concerned about liquor deliveries to the Northwestern University campus area, and Dulin said he’d probably exclude that area from the delivery service.

Member Dick Peach said said that because students also live off-campus, just excluding the campus wouldn’t completely address the issue.

Dulin said he doesn’t see students as the target demographic for the food he’s selling and would consider other limits on the delivery area.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl suggested Dulin meet with aldermen representing the areas in which he’s hoping to offer liquor delivery delivery service and return to a future Liquor Control Board meeting with their comments.

Deliver booze with food?

Famous Burrito

Kahy Romero’s request for a special use permit for a carry-out restaurant called El Famous Burrito at 843 Dodge Ave. is expected to reach the City Council soon after going before the Zoning Board of Appeals last week.

The small chain has 14 locations around the Chicago area.

The Dodge Avenue storefront, part of a small strip mall just south of Main Street, is now vacant.

It previously housed a pizzeria.

The Rice Table

Evanston food incubator Now We’re Cookin’ is hosting a pop-up dining event for a Chicago-based catering company call The Rice Table that specializes in Indonesian cuisine.

The event, on Sunday, Oct. 21, called a Rijsttafel in the language of Indonesia’s Dutch colonizers, will offer two seatings of 25 to 30 guests, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at 1601 Payne St. for $55 a person.
Reservations can be made online.


The successor to Austin Taco’s in the 600 block of Davis Street opened last week offering a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches until 3 in the morning. More about that from the Daily Northwestern.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation


  1. Booze Cruise

    Great idea! As long as its not letting alcohol slip into the hands of the underaged I say go for it! This may even keep some drunk drivers off the road!

  2. They worry too much

    They worry too much about deliveries to NU. Liquor stores can deliver kegs and boxes of beer, but a restaurant might not sell a bottle together with food? Hmm.

  3. Yes, please.

    Don't want alcohol falling into the dirty, sweaty hands of those under 21? Hire a delivery person with an IQ over 85.

    If this happens, Central Street Cafe will get at least $1000 from me annually. Serious.

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