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St. Charles restaurant again reported to liquor commission

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A downtown restaurant recently fined for a liquor license violation again will be referred to the St. Charles Liquor Commission, according to a city police report.

Police on Saturday cited Alibi Bar and Grill customer Michael Pedersen, 35, of the 500 block of Springhill Circle, Naperville, with having open alcohol in a public place.

Pedersen, who was sitting outside the North Third Street business while holding a glass half full of beer, told police he had walked out of Alibi without being stopped, police reported.

Owner Richard Simpson Jr. reportedly told police nobody was watching the door because the doorman hadn’t arrived. With that, police told Simpson a report would be written and forwarded to the St. Charles Liquor Commission for review.

A message seeking comment was not returned Tuesday evening.

Also Saturday, two men – John D. Andreacchi, 25, of the 42W700 block of Bridle Court, St. Charles, and Timothy W. Kupp, 26, of the 42W500 block of Steeplechase Drive, St. Charles – were ticketed for fighting at Alibi.

Alibi recently was fined $1,000 for giving away alcohol for a commercial purpose and advertising free drinks during its grand opening celebration. It also had a violation in May.

It received its Class B3 liquor license Feb. 6 with conditions the owners have since asked the City Council to lift. This month, aldermen in committee rejected Alibi’s request to increase the occupancy capacity from 295 to 427. Several aldermen noted Alibi’s liquor violations.

Downtown liquor license holders have been in the spotlight since Mayor Don DeWitte and the City Council threatened to reduce their hours of operation by one hour.

The proposed change, which was tabled when license holders protested and offered to take corrective action, was prompted by increasing reports of fights among intoxicated people. One August weekend, for example, police responded to four reports of fights in progress and received five other similar calls, but the conflicts were resolved before police arrived.

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