The Naperville Liquor Commission recently gave approval for Le Chocolat Du Bouchard to hold two liquor licenses.
One would allow the downtown chocolate shop to serve as a specialty wine shop, selling wine in the form of gift baskets and offering tastings in store.
The second would allow them to serve drinks in-store given that they have a restaurant-like quality.
“The petitioner has gone out of her way to expand her business, invest in her business, invest in Naperville and has done everything to meet our code and this is the perfect example of getting excellent quality candidates for liquor license candidates down here, so I’m in full support,” said Scott Wehrli, a commissioner on the board.
Final approval will come from the Council.
The liquor commission also received requests for licenses from seven new establishments that will come to town via the Water Street Development.
Five of the seven restaurants are requesting late night permits to sell alcohol, but the city is currently at their capacity on those permits. Final approval must now come from council to increase the cap.
However, Mayor Chirico doesn’t foresee any issue with approval.
“All these businesses are investing a lot of money and are pretty legit businesses and I think they would be considered by most a really, really nice fit for our downtown area,” said Steve Chirico, Mayor of Naperville.
The commission also discussed possibly following suit with Chicago’s new law to raise the age of purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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