September 17, 2014

New Liquor Regulations

Deep discounts on alcohol at Naperville bars are now a thing of the past after city council passed new liquor license regulations.

The group voted to extend B.A.S.S.E.T. training to bar security personnel in addition to servers and bartenders as well as to prohibit drink specials that cut the price more than 50 percent.

Items left out of the vote were prohibiting entry and shot sales one hour prior to closing and reducing serving sizes of alcohol, an item that drew criticism.

“With you limiting the single serve pour to 20 ounces, that means I can’t serve a 22 or 24 ounce bottle of like a Belgium beer to be enjoyed by someone who isn’t going to be drinking it out of a brown paper bag type of thing,” said the General Manager of World of Beer Naperville.

Many council members agreed that an ounce limit might not be the right regulation.

“It is really more important that we consider the alcohol content as opposed to the ounces because if someone orders a beer, what is worse a 24 ounce beer or a martini with three ounce of hard liquor. The martini is,” said Councilman Steve Chirico.

Before the council voted Mayor Pradel urged them to act on the proposed regulations.

“The twenty ounces is something I think we can talk about, but I know that there is a problem and we really need to make decisions,” said Mayor Pradel.

There was a motion to also prohibit entry one hour prior to close, but many members felt that could wait to ensure the fairest regulations for all involved.

“We do have a “drinking season” around here and it seems to be the summer months and that is winding down,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli. “I think we have more time to further reflect on these proposed ordinances before we codify them to address some of the concerns we heard here this evening.”

The items tabled at the meeting will be back up in front of the council at their October 7 meeting.


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