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Bar faces liquor license citations in St. Charles

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:34 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A downtown St. Charles bar accused of serving alcohol to an intoxicated person will be the subject of a Liquor Commission hearing next month.

The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., was cited with permitting an intoxicated person on its premises and selling alcohol to that person, as well as interfering or obstructing police, an employee in the city administrator's office said Wednesday.

The hearing is set for 4:30 p.m. April 8.

According to a St. Charles police report, The House Pub served an intoxicated customer an alcoholic beverage on March 15. The owner reportedly said he let the customer in to pay his tab from a previous week and noted the customer hadn't even taken a sip of the drink.

Two other downtown bars received punishment from the St. Charles Liquor Commission this month. Alibi Bar and Grill, 12 N. Third St., had its liquor license suspended for three days and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. The Beehive Tavern and Grille, 204 W. Main St., also received a $2,000 fine.

The downtown bar scene has come under scrutiny from the City Council in recent months. Mayor Don DeWitte, who also acts as liquor commissioner, asked aldermen in August to change the closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. in an effort to curb over serving.

During a committee meeting Monday, aldermen called for liquor code changes. Suggestions included implementing a late-night closing privilege of 2 a.m., separating tavern and restaurant liquor licenses and establishing a liquor commission with multiple members.

Staff is expected to return with a legal opinion next month.

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