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Alibi faces liquor hearing in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – A downtown bar with a history of liquor violations is again headed to the St. Charles Liquor Commission.

This time, Alibi Bar and Grill is accused of permitting an intoxicated person to loiter on the premises and of selling or giving liquor to an intoxicated person, an employee in the city administrator’s office said.

The hearing is set for 4:30 p.m. March 4.

Owner Richard Simpson said Wednesday he had no comment.

Police were called to the establishment, at 12 N. Third St., just before 1 a.m. Jan. 13 for a report of a woman vomiting, according to a police report.

The woman was reportedly in the first bathroom stall, slumped over at the waist and her head below her knees with vomit on the floor beneath her. She could not care for herself, and her speech was almost impossible to understand, police reported. Medics reportedly took her to a hospital.

Her companion, who also was intoxicated, told police she had two drinks at his house before coming to Alibi, where she had five drinks, police reported.

Alibi was fined in October for giving away alcohol for a commercial purpose and advertising free drinks during its grand opening celebration. A month later, police reported the business to the Liquor Commission after a customer brought a glass of beer outside. It also had a violation in May.

It received its Class B3 liquor license last February with conditions the owners have asked the City Council to lift.

In November, aldermen in committee rejected Alibi’s request to increase the occupancy capacity. Several aldermen noted Alibi’s liquor violations.

Aldermen have regularly discussed the downtown bar scene since Mayor Don DeWitte asked aldermen in August to change closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. Bar owners then joined forces to reduce such problems as over-serving and fights. The City Council has not yet voted on DeWitte’s request.

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