ST. CHARLES – Blue Goose Market President and CEO Paul Lencioni wants to expand the store's offerings by putting in a wine bar.
The full St. Charles City Council is set to vote on the proposal at its Feb. 4 meeting. In his proposal to the city, Lencioni talked about the benefits of a wine bar, such as giving shoppers the opportunity to try a wine they are considering purchasing for their home.
"The greatest positive of a wine bar in our grocery market is to clearly, and boldly establish the cultural values of Blue Goose (and our community) in a method that is stylish and exciting," Lencioni said. "Blue Goose prides itself on our high-level and market-leading professional expertise in food and wine culture. This wine bar greatly strengthens and more loudly broadcasts our talents to the market."
Lencioni said the wine bar would provide the opportunity for patrons to sit and enjoy a glass of wine at the wine bar or "take that wine bar experience and the glass of wine with them as they shop the retail floor of our store."
While the wine bar will focus on wine, beer and liquor would be served as well, he said. Blue Goose also wants to be able to sell alcohol on its patio during outdoor cookout/brat stand/ food events.
"The request to sell alcohol for patio on premise consumption would be contained to the hours of operation for a Blue Goose patio dining event so any alcohol would be in supplement to a full menu food offering with sales occurring on the patio," Lencioni said.
Employees would first receive alcohol training and consumption would be confined to the area, he said. The store plans to start alcohol delivery soon after aldermen in October unanimously approved an ordinance allowing packaged liquor delivery as long as it adheres to all state statutes and city ordinances that apply to a liquor license in St. Charles.
Blue Goose is partnering with local company Errand Up for grocery delivery, including alcohol. Lencioni said the grocery store wants to offer as much convenience as possible in order to meet the needs of busy families.