ST. CHARLES – Restaurants and other venues throughout the city soon may be able to serve alcohol as part of a sidewalk cafe or patio.
Currently, the city’s municipal code prohibits the sale, delivery, consumption and possession of alcohol on public property unless those businesses are in the First Street business district or it is part of a special event.
Alderman on the St. Charles City Council’s Government Services Committee on May 28 recommended those restrictions be dropped. Businesses wanting to serve alcohol on public property would have to obtain, among other things, a sidewalk cafe permit or a licensing agreement with the city to use certain public property and a certificate of insurance naming the city of St. Charles as additionally insured.
The City Council’s Liquor Control Commission had recommended approval of the changes during its May 20 meeting.
The full City Council now will consider the matter at a future meeting.
Lifting the restrictions would allow Pollyanna Brewing Company to have an outdoor patio. Aldermen on May 6 unanimously approved a liquor license for Pollyanna Brewing Company, which plans to locate in part of a building on South Riverside Avenue that previously had housed several businesses, including River Rockhouse and Chord on Blues.
As proposed, Pollyanna would be in the southern half of the building at 106 S. Riverside Ave. in downtown St. Charles.
A high-end sports bar called Flagship on the Fox plans to open in June in the building’s northern half.
The Government Services Committee on May 28 also recommended approval of a site modification that would allow for the use of an outdoor patio at the southwest corner of the building on both the city right of way and city property.
In addition, the committee recommended approval of a license agreement between the city and STC Riverside to allow an outdoor patio on public property adjacent to 106 S. Riverside Ave.