Friday, February 28, 2014
Community Meeting To Discuss Granting Mariano's A Liquor License
If you live in the area bounded by Berwyn, Kenmore, Marine Dr. and Argyle, please try to attend this meeting regarding Mariano's request to sell liquor at its new Sheridan/Foster location.
As we understand it, Sheridan is a liquor moratorium area for the sale of packaged liquor, i.e., takeout, such as a liquor store. The former Dominick's at the location had a great selection of wine, beer and spirits, and we are guessing -- although we don't know for sure -- that it was able to sell because it either had an exemption or that the store was grandfathered in. We would love to see a similar selection featured at Mariano's.
Our biggest question is whether the community can vote to allow only Mariano's to sell liquor, or if the entire area would have the moratorium on selling liquor lifted. That would make a big difference.
When Aldi at Wilson Yard requested that the existing liquor moratorium in its area be lifted so that it could sell alcohol, it meant that the entire area near it -- including Broadway and Wilson -- would also have the right to sell packaged liquor, and it was denied. We wonder if it's the same situation for Mariano's and the area around it, and how big that area is.
Should be an interesting meeting.