City Won't Have Another, Denies License for Liquor Store

The Stop 'N' Go store was requesting a change in its liquor license and a special use permit to change to a liquor store only. The Oak Forest City Council denied the license change, stalling a potential ownership change and more for the store

City council members could not swallow plans to convert a convenience store into a liquor store only. 

Stop 'N' Go Food and Liquor store, 5214 W. 159th Street, was up for a change in ownership and liquor license Dec. 11—but all other changes came to a screeching stop after aldermen unanimously voted down the liquor license changes. 

The proposed change in licensing would have meant a decrease in the existing one, then granting new one—both standard procedure in a case like this, according to Mayor Hank Kuspa. 

It's unclear why aldermen decided against the change. Phone calls to Community Development Director Adam Dotson went unreturned. 

Following the denial of the liquor license decrease, two other related items were struck from the agenda. The first, an increase in the number of liquor licenses that would be need should the store change ownership. The second, was for a special use permit to change the store to a liquor store only.

“Because we did not vacate the old license, item D under administration will be pulled,” Kuspa said following the failure of the first motion.

Oak Forest Planning and Zoning Commission previously moved to approve the special use permit for the liquor store at its May 3 meeting, steering the matter into the city council's consideration. 


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Racing025 December 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Hey Patch any way you can actually read the comments and link and ask the Alderman about the drug charges and if they knew about them when they voted in favor of the business? Feel free to chime in also Aldermen, I know some of you actually look at the comments...
Racing025 December 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Great point....It seems like our city government is lacking common sense..
Janice Most December 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I agree everyone deserves a second chance but this a teen club is not the appropriate place to start over. I hope someone on the council will do the right thing and ask that a business license be turned down.
Michael M. December 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Any update on the arrest record or the adjudication?
Michael M. December 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Lauren, I have a serious question that I would really like answered. When the Patch sees a post from someone with possible information about the subject matter, do you guys investigate the info? I know I would like to see a confirmation or denial of the info. If you do not check the info, why not?


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