Village to Review Chuck E. Cheese Liquor License

Village of Oak Lawn calls popular children's spot to carpet after latest fracas for public hearing before liquor license commission.

Photo: chuckecheese.com
Photo: chuckecheese.com

The corporate owners and local operator of Chuck E. Cheese’s have been ordered to appear before the Oak Lawn Village Liquor License Commission on May 27.

The hearing is in response to the latest incidence of violence at the popular children’s entertainment restaurant at 4031 W. 95th St. that required police intervention. Four men were charged for a fight that started near the salad bar Sunday evening, according to an Oak Lawn police report.

In April 2013, representatives from CEC Entertainment, the franchise’s parent company, agreed to pay off-duty, Oak Lawn police officers to provide security when the franchise's village liquor license was up for renewal.

CEC Entertainment, based in Irving, TX, merged with Apollo Global Management in February.

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury, in her role as village liquor license commission, said she learned of the adult fracas at Chuck E. Cheese’s from the Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray.

An exclusive video by Patch shows police trying to disperse a large crowd of angry adults in front of the children's venue. 

“Chief Murray notified me of this incident at 9:34 p.m. on Sunday, and at 9:38 p.m. I emailed our village attorneys that I wanted to discuss this first thing Monday morning,” Bury said in an email. “Notices were sent via FedEx to CEC corporate headquarters and the local store informing them of the hearing date and time.”

As of Thursday afternoon, there has been no response from CEC Entertainment or the local operator of the Oak Lawn location.

Pending the outcome of the May 26 hearing the day after Memorial Day, the village liquor license commissioner can choose to revoke or suspend Chuck E. Cheese’s liquor license, or impose a fine, on the basis that it violated disorderly conduct provisions in municipal and state liquor codes.

“We are highly concerned about the safety of children in and around this establishment and as liquor commissioner I will act quickly and decisively,” Bury said.   

Tr. Terry Vorderer (Dist. 4) said he periodically visits the restaurant because it sits in his district and its past history.

“It’s spotlessly clean and the machines are well maintained,” Vorderer said. “Ninety-nine percent of the adults are enjoying their kids. It’s a darn shame that a few have to wreck it for everyone else.”

Although CEC Entertainment has tried hard to run a responsible business and he doesn’t want to violate anyone’s rights, Vorderer said the village needs to be proactive.

“This is a liquor establishment that caters to kids, that’s the whole business model,” he said. “We can’t slap them on the wrist and wait for the next incident.”

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Village Hall, 9446 S. Raymond Ave. The hearing is open to the public.

Pat F May 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Anybody know when they got this liquor license?? Way back when you could go there liquor wasn't served???
OakLawnGuy May 23, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Let's face it, there's a lot more to answer for than a liquor license. Kids unattended and running rampant, arguments over games and "prizes". There's a reason our former pediatrician called Chuck E Cheese "The House Of Broken Bones".
M- May 23, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Because its ALL about the $$$$....SHOW me the $$$ and you're in. How many places NEED gambling? Pretty soon, every restaurant will have a machine or two. But like someone else said in a previous article (or some other place), where is this group going to congregate if this location is removed? I've never been to Longhorn nearby but you never hear about them having issues.
RALPH MALPH May 23, 2014 at 05:05 PM
I hope they leave it the way it is . If you get rid of it they will come farther west into oak lawn and destroy another place . These people are animals and their kids are witnessing it , and they will grow up to be just like their trouble making , over reacting , disrespectful , over dramatic , very loud , ignorant , bad influence parents . This will never end , it is a very vicious cycle with these people . I just cant figure out why we don't want to live with these gangbangin , thug wannabe animals .
Dan May 23, 2014 at 07:37 PM
be careful when you say these people they might take it the wrong way. But I agree with you


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