For the first time in 16 years Naperville residents had the chance to speak at an open forum at Naperville’s Liquor Commission meeting.
Emotions ran high when residents addressed their concerns about the designated site of the restaurant “Show-Me’s” at 1126 E. Ogden Ave.
“I don’t believe Show-Me’s belongs at the entrance of a residential neighborhood,” said Naperville resident Sue Quinn.
The potential site, which is near a residential neighborhood, is owned by longtime Naperville business owner, Kyle Buikema. When asked he had no comment.
Residents who spoke at the forum addressed their concerns of potential drunk drivers, the restaurant’s late hours, and the clothing that the waitresses may wear.
“Must Naperville reinforce the idea that women are nothing more than sex objects?” said resident Jeanette Steiner. “Is this the message we want to set for girls in our community?”
According to Mayor A. George Pradel who also serves as the Liquor Commissioner, that attire would change if the restaurant would change if it comes to Naperville.
“There would be no mid-riff showing and no short shorts,” said Mayor Pradel.
For some residents, changing the dress code is just not good enough.
“Come on. Times might be tough but we don’t need a business like this,” said resident Mike Quinn. “Neighbors don’t want it, why don’t you go somewhere you are wanted?”
Mayor Pradel has 60 days to make a move on granting the liquor license to Show-Me’s, but he says that decision may come even sooner.
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