CHANNAHON – Trustees approved at Monday’s Channahon village board meeting an ordinance that will allow restaurants to apply for a license so they can offer outdoor dining with alcoholic beverages.
The supplemental license is a new one for the village. Businesses that hold Class A, B or H liquor licenses may apply for the supplemental outdoor dining liquor license for an additional fee of $500.
Three businesses currently hold a resort license that allows outdoor dining with alcohol – Big Fish Bar and Grille, Mugz’s Hideout and The Grille Room at the golf course. But restaurants not classified with resort status have not been allowed the consideration.
The village has received requests from restaurants for the service, Village Administrator Tom Durkin said. Included in the ordinance is a closing of the outdoor dining area of no later than 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday; no alcoholic beverages outside the defined outdoor dining area; and limitations on loudspeakers and sound systems.
There was quite a bit of discussion on the noise from music that might emanate from the areas.
The ordinance was originally written to make sure music would not be heard more than 100 feet from the sites, but at least two trustees – Debbie Militello and Chantal Host – felt that distance was too confined to be practical. Militello thought 200 feet might be more reasonable.
In the end, the board decided that music or other amplified sound must not be able to be heard at homes that are more than 150 feet from the perimeter of the outdoor dining area.
The village board on Monday also approved a new class of liquor license. Class K will be issued to wineries, microbreweries and distilleries.
The village already has had two
requests for such a license. One is from Channahon brewers Tom Sperling, Tim Engler and Dustin Fryman, all of whom attended the board meeting.
After the meeting, the brewers said they are interesting in opening a microbrewery on Route 6 at the site of the old Enjoi Bakeshop and Café. Their plans are to brew beer and make wines. They hope to open within the year.
A Class K license would allow the licensee to produce wine, spirits or beer only on the specified licensed premises; furnish samples for consumption; sell products by the glass or container; and sell the products produced there at other locations.
The businesses would not be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages produced by other manufactures.
The fee for the license is the same as other Channahon liquor licenses - $1,000 per year. Hours of operation would be limited to 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Food would not be sold at the breweries, but customers would be allowed to bring in food or call in for food to be delivered.
Also at Monday’s meeting, trustee Scott McMillin offered a heads-up for those driving village roads near waterways: Watch out for turtles.
May and June is nesting season for all species of the local turtle population. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois turtles lay their eggs on land, even if they are water turtles. The reptiles may cross roads to lay their eggs and cross them again to get back to the water. Later, when the eggs hatch, the hatchlings may have roads to cross to get to a river or creek.
Six of the 17 Illinois turtle species are on the endangered list.
McMillin said he sees turtles slowly crossing the roads by the dozens this time of year. He’s recently seen many that have been run over by cars, as well, including a large snapping turtle.