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Mayor revokes The Keg’s liquor license

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced this afternoon that she's revoked the license of The Keg of Evanston, a bar at 810 Grove St. that has repeatedly been the scene of underage drinking violations.

“It is always an extremely difficult decision to revoke a license of a local business, but I have to also consider the health and welfare of the community as a whole," Tisdahl said in a statement.

"Serving minors alcohol is a serious matter that cannot be left unaddressed,” Tisdahl said.

The order revoking The Keg's license recounts a history of 147 citations issued at the business since 2005, including 111 for alcohol-related violations.

Under the city code, the mayor, who serves as the city's liquor control commissioner, has the power to suspend or revoke liquor licenses, and the holder of a liquor license can be punished for any violation of liquor regulations by any of the business's employees.

The order says, "The reputation of The Keg as a bar where underage patrons can be admitted and served was not controverted during the hearing" and that owner Tom Migon failed to present a plan at last Friday's hearing to effectively address the problems.

It also says that "The Keg, through its use of social media, expressly incited, encouraged, and assisted underage patrons in coming to The Keg and consuming alcohol."

The license revocation is effective immediately, and the order further prohibits Migon from applying for a liquor license in Evanston in the future.

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