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Proposed BYOB liquor code change advances to Yorkville City Council

Tony Weeks (left), one of the owners of Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe, and Lynn Dubajic (right), the city's economic development consultant, listen during the Yorkville public safety committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.
Tony Weeks (left), one of the owners of Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe, and Lynn Dubajic (right), the city's economic development consultant, listen during the Yorkville public safety committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

YORKVILLE – A revised proposed add-on bring-your-own liquor license soon will make its way up to the Yorkville City Council following city committee discussion.

City Clerk Lisa Pickering said during a special city public safety meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11, that city staff initially received a request from the owners of Flight Tasting Room and Bottle Shoppe to allow patrons to bring their own bottles of beer to share into the business. In response to the request, she said, staff was proposing to create a bring-your-own-beer and wine license class within the city code to open up that possibility to other future businesses.

"The feedback that staff received was all negative for that," Pickering said. "The other businesses in town indicated they would prefer the city deny an ordinance on the books for that."

Pickering said the proposal was amended to accommodate the request from Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe with a separate permit that would be added on to the business's already existing A1 permit – which allows for the on-site sale of beer, wine and liquor along with bottled alcohol – that would apply only to flight and no other businesses in the city. She said the annual add-on would cost businesses $50 more per year to the existing $1,750 annual fee for the A1 licenses.

Yorkville Ward 3 Alderman Joel Frieders said the owners wanted to have the store and tasting room's license to allow for BYOB so the business could host bottle shares legally in the future as part of the business's anticipated paying membership program. He said the idea is for members of the business's possible beer club to maybe once per month bring in rarer bottles of beer that are hard to get in Kendall County to share with other beer enthusiasts.

“So the impetus of the request was super simple, but confusing for us," Frieders said. "Because how do you allow people to bring booze they didn’t buy there at that specific time onto a property that already sells alcohol?"

Tony Weeks, one of the owners for the shop that is expected to open Monday, Sept. 16, said he personally received similar feedback that the city did regarding the BYOB liquor license proposal. He said he thought the conversation between committee members went fantastically and those adjustments made by the city are much better, in his opinion.

“It’s exactly what we wanted," Weeks said. "Everybody is happy and I think other existing businesses will be happy, too."

Committee members agreed to send the proposal up to City Council. They also requested businesses that would have this type of add-on BYOB license to provide advance notice to the city whenever those events are happening throughout the year.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

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