YORKVILLE – Yorkville Bowl and Pinheadz have closed temporarily following a recent temporary hold on their liquor license.
Yorkville Bowl and Pinheadz owner Greg O'Leary said on Thursday, May 9 the business has been trying to refinance and they got a little behind on some state taxes in the meantime. Other delays at the state level didn't help and that ultimately affected the business' liquor license, since the state wouldn't renew the license at the end of April, according to O'Leary.
"We got ourselves to a point where we needed some financial restructuring, and the speed at which that could happen just hasn't happened fast enough," O'Leary said.
A green sign from the Illinois Department of Revenue has been posted on the door of the building on 1211 N. Bridge St., saying the business's certificate of registration was revoked. That was also in light of a Thursday, May 9 Facebook post where the business's page administrators apologized for the inconvenience and confirmed the business was temporarily closed.
Staff members on the Pinheadz Facebook page also verified on Thursday, May 9 the bowling alley part of the building also is closed temporarily, affecting events scheduled in the near future.
The closure follows a temporary hold on the business's liquor license last week, according to a May 2 Facebook post made by Yorkville Bowl. O'Leary said in the post the temporary hold was due to unforeseen circumstances and that all non-liquor related activities were in operation.
"We are working with the state diligently to resolve this matter ASAP," O'Leary had said in the post.
O'Leary said Thursday, May 9 he is working to exhaust every avenue they can and they have every intention of getting everything done as soon as they can. He said he's fully confident they can get the deal done with the state and that the state assured him the business would be good to go once all of the related financial issues are solved.
O'Leary said he feels a truly strong obligation to his employees to get the deal done as fast as possible.
"The most important thing in the world to me is to be true to them and true to the community," O'Leary said.