Aldermen on Evanston’s Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously Monday night to reject a request from a convicted drug dealer to open a carryout restaurant on Simpson Street in the 5th Ward.
Would-be restaurant owner Robert Crayton in 2005 pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine to a government informant outside Lincolnwood Elementary School where he worked at the time as a janitor.
He’s also currently facing charges of delivering heroin after an arrest last April.
Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said that special uses are a privilege the city can grant at its discretion and that “given Mr. Crayton’s pending legal proceedings,” she didn’t believe the permit should be granted.
Crayton, 40, of 1838 Hovland Court, had sought to turn a vacant building at 1723 Simpson St. into a restaurant and was also seeking city assistance to rehab the building.
The building, in a former incarnation as Ramy’s Foods, had been the centerpiece of a 2010 drug investigation that led to 28 arrests and charges of drug dealing and food stamp fraud at the store.