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Liquor license change for Grandma’s Table gets OK

Local restaurant plans to open bar for video gaming patrons

Downtown Montgomery, Village Hall and Settler's Cottage Museum.
Downtown Montgomery, Village Hall and Settler's Cottage Museum.

A restaurant on Douglas Road in Montgomery will be allowed to open a bar area as a result of action taken Monday, Sept. 10, by the village board.

In a 5-0 vote, board members approved a request from Peter Metrou, owner of Grandma’s Table restaurant on Douglas Road at Seasons Ridge Boulevard, to change the restaurant’s liquor license from a Class D to a Class G. The restaurant’s current Class D liquor license allows the serving of alcoholic beverages to patrons at their tables. The Class G license will allow for the serving of drinks at tables and from a bar area that Metrou plans to install.

Under village ordinance, businesses that hold Class G liquor licenses must derive more than 50 percent of their total revenue from the sale of food items.

Grandma’s Table has been an institution along Douglas Road since it opened in the early 1980s, along with the nearby Settlers Landing shopping center.

In a letter to the village, Metrou noted that a video gaming room at the restaurant has been increasingly busy since it opened last December. In addition, he said liquor sales have increased 50 percent since the gaming room opened.

He explained, “Often customers who want to play have to wait for a machine to become free. However, many of these customers refuse to sit in the restaurant area to wait, stating they feel uncomfortable sitting in or taking up a booth or table. They also do not want to lose their spot waiting for a machine, especially if they can’t see the room. Customers do express their interest of waiting at a bar if we had one. This is particularly why I am petitioning the [village] of Montgomery for a Class G liquor license.”

Metrou noted that Grandma’s Table has had an excellent record for carding patrons and not serving alcoholic beverages to minors.

“Nor had we had any acts of violence, aggression or threatening behavior,” he continued, adding, “As owner of Grandma’s Table restaurant, I am continually committed to instruct all my employees uphold the law whether they are serving in the gaming room or anywhere in the restaurant area. Again, please take into account my good standing as a business owner in the Montgomery community over 34 years.”

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