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Liquor hearings set in Geneva

GENEVA – A liquor commission hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St., Geneva, for two of three businesses cited for serving underage patrons at the Swedish Days liquor compliance checks.

The public hearing will be a recitation of the charges, the liquor license holders’ stipulation of the facts and the fines and judgments as determined by Mayor Kevin Burns, in his capacity as Geneva Liquor Commissioner.

Sergio and Lindsey De Los Santos of Sergio’s Mexican Cantina, 30 W. State St., and Michael and Ann Anastasio of Fiora’s Restaurant, 317 S. Third St., are the two who will be heard Monday.

The third license holder, Michael Knuth and Nicholas Mercadante of EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., will have until a deadline 1:30 p.m. Monday to approve a consent order, Burns said.

Geneva police traditionally will do liquor compliance checks during the Swedish Days Festival and remind liquor license holders to be vigilant.

On June 21, police checked 16 establishments and beer gardens, sending in two 19-year-olds to order beer. The legal age to drink in Illinois is 21.

City attorney Charles Radovich said that liquor licensees still are entitled to a full hearing if they decide not to stipulate to the charges.

The citations were the first for Sergio’s and Fiora’s, but the second for EvenFlow in seven months.

The business, which features a restaurant, bar and live music, has been open a year this month.

On Nov. 17, 2012, owner Michael Knuth and his partner, Nicholas Mercadante, were cited for serving alcohol at 4 a.m. in violation of the city’s code.

The liquor code does not allow alcoholic beverages to be served between 2 and 6 a.m. on the licensed premises any day of the week.

They were fined $1,000 and the license was suspended for one day.

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