Sunday, September 23, 2018 || By Michael Romain ||@maywoodnews
Featured image: A strip mall in Maywood, where the village’s second video gaming bistro could be located. | Google Maps
A second gaming bistro is likely to open in Maywood after the Board of Trustees recently voted to grant the establishment the liquor license that is virtually a prerequisite for the businesses to operate.
During a regular meeting on Sept. 18, the board voted 5 to 1 in favor of granting the Class M video gaming/bistro liquor license to Lucky Bernie’s — a deli that would also feature beer, wine and video gambling. Trustee Isiah Brandon was the sole dissenting vote while Trustee Ron Rivers was absent.
The store, which would be located inside of a vacant storefront unit at 608-22 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, will be the second gaming bistro in the village if all goes according to the plans of owner Ramzey Fakhouri, who also owns the strip mall.
In August, the board voted 6 to 1 to lift a moratorium on Class M liquor licenses that had been in place since December 2016. Brandon voted against that measure as well.
The moratorium on the issuance of Class M liquor licenses came months after 56 percent of Maywood voters in the November 2016 election voted in favor of banning the licenses in a non-binding referendum.
The board instituted the ban after it had already approved the issuance of a Class M liquor license to Lacey’s Place, a video gaming establishment at 611 W. Roosevelt Rd., in March 2016.
In his application, Fakhouri had requested that the board also grant him extended hours. He had wanted the deli and gaming bistro to be open until 2 a.m., beyond the 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours of operation within the ordinance. The board did not grant him that request.
From now on, village officials said, any additional Class M licenses for video gaming bistros will only be granted on a case-by-case basis. VFP
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