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Mayor tries to preserve tavern ban

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Evanston's complicated relationship with booze took another turn Thursday when the mayor tried to persuade the owner of a proposed bar to install a kitchen.

Evanston's complicated relationship with booze took another turn Thursday when the mayor tried to persuade the owner of a proposed bar to install a kitchen.

TribLocal reports that Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl asked Ted Mavrakis, who wants to bring a World of Beer franchise to the Fountain Square Building he owns downtown, to see whether the chain would consider installing a kitchen in the planned Evanston location.

She said she'd read an article saying the company has considered doing that elsewhere.

Since Evanston ended its more than a century as a dry town in the 1970s, the city has required that any establishment serving liquor also provide a kitchen that serves food, presumably on the theory that drinkers who are also eating are less likely to get quite so drunk.

The World of Beer concept stretches that model by allowing patrons to order in food from other restaurants, but not providing food service itself.

Last month aldermen suggested that seemed to stretch existing city rules too far, and they'd rather have the mayor, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner, present an ordinance that would for the first time permit bars without food service to open in the community.

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