ST. CHARLES – A liquor store has been given the green light to open in the building at 201 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles formerly occupied by Kettley Realtors.
At Monday's St. Charles City Council meeting, aldermen voted 6-4 to approve a liquor license application for MP's Liquor, Wine and Beer, which has another location in North Aurora. Owner Pratik Patel also is co-owner of Batavia Smoke and Liquor.
Voting "no" were 4th Ward Alderman David Pietryla, 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis, 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Anne Payleitner and 1st Ward Alderman Ron Silkaitis. During the City Council's Government Operations Committee meeting on Oct. 19, aldermen had voiced concerns that Patel was not forthcoming about being cited for selling liquor to a minor at his Batavia store.
During the meeting, Patel acknowledged that he wasn’t forthcoming with the information because he was trying to hide the violation and told aldermen that it would not happen again. There have been no issues with the location in North Aurora, St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan told aldermen.
According to a business plan, MP's Liquor, Wine and Beer will sell a selection of higher end spirits and a vast selection of craft beer. The store will not have any indoor or outdoor seating and will not play any live music.