Taverns cited for selling liquor to minors

By on May 28, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN, MP—A state-agency sting May 20 at 24 area businesses resulted in eight citations for selling alcohol to minors, including two taverns and one restaurant in Elburn and one bar in Maple Park.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission, assisted by the Illinois State Police, conducted the operation in which underage volunteers attempted to purchase liquor from the establishments.

Among the businesses cited were Schmidt’s Towne Tavern, 107 N. Main St., Elburn; Riley’s Classic Bar & Grill, 117 N. Main St., Elburn; Rosati’s, 860 N. Main St., Elburn; and Big Dawg’s, 107 Main St., Maple Park.

The other businesses cited for the offense were located in Waterman, Hinckley and Shabbona.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission will mail official citation notices to the owners of the businesses, said agency representative Sue Hofer.

Penalties may range from fines to liquor-license revocation, depending upon the cited businesses’ histories of state liquor code violations, Hofer said.

Local law enforcement agencies, including municipal police and Kane County Sheriff’s departments, were not involved in the investigation.

One Comment

  1. Elburnite

    June 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    This is a fine example of what will happen to our community with all the liquor licenses. With a license comes responsibility, and these establishments have not learned this. I would love to hear what the Elburn mayor (Dave Anderson) has to say about this (being the liquor commisioner that issued these licenses in the first place). He has come up with a new elburn mission statement stating from E.H. April 30 article:

    “Anderson said small-town values “encompasses a lot of things … it’s like ‘Cheers’—everybody knows your name.

    He refers to a TV famed bar as an example of his “small town values”. I don’t think that bars should be the central socialization of our community and our families.

    In a E.H. Article dated Apr. 21st
    “Majority of Board Says No To Video Gambling”,
    Dave Anderson is the only one in support of the Gambling.
    Is gambling a community friendly event??? I think not.

    If these bars are providing underage drinking, how are these bars helping our community and our families?
    Our community needs to focus on what’s best for the community, not the local bar-hoppers. A small-town philosophy should be one that provides a safe and crime free area for our families.

    I think these “small town values” need to be redefined and developed based on what’s best for our community, not Dave Anderson.