Check E. Cheese’s liquor license could be in jeopardy

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury will determine the future of Chuck E. Cheese’s liquor license Tuesday at a liquor control commission hearing.

The mayor, who is also the village’s liquor commissioner, could suspend or revoke the establishment’s license or levy a fine. It would not be the first time Bury has taken decisive action against an establishment that allegedly has violated the terms of its liquor license.
Bury announced the hearing Tuesday, just days after a May 18 disturbance at Chuck E. Cheese, 4031 W. 95th St.

The fracas involved a large, unruly crowd of approximately 100 patrons—including many young children—who were outside the restaurant when police arrived at about 6:15 p.m., according to reports.
Some members of the crowd were swearing and arguing with one another or ignoring police commands to disperse, police said.
Four individuals were arrested during the incident and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing or resisting a police officer, according to reports.
The liquor commission hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Oak Lawn Village Hall, 9446 S. Raymond Ave.
The hearing notice says that Chuck E. Cheese allegedly violated the disorderly conduct clause of a village ordinance.

“No retailer of liquor licensed under the provisions hereof shall suffer any loud or boisterous talking or obscene or profane language, quarreling, singing, fighting or other disturbances,” according to the ordinance.
This is not the first criminal incident at Chuck E. Cheese.
In 2012, a 20-year-old man who was sitting in his car in the restaurant parking lot was shot. The man, a self-admitted gang member, told police he was sitting in his car when shots were fired. Police said that two men walked up to the car and started shooting.
The restaurant agreed last year to hire off-duty Oak Lawn police to serve as security.
This is not the first liquor commission hearing under Bury’s watch.
Earlier this year, George’s Lounge, 5407 W. 95th St., was fined $3,000 for underage drinking and failure to have a liquor license
Specifically, the tavern was fined $500 for serving four underage patrons on Nov. 9 and an addition $1,000 for not posting a valid liquor license, the second such violation, Bury said.
An expired liquor license was posted in the tavern, said police, who could not find a valid license in the state’s database. The $500 fine per violation is the minimum fine that can be assessed by mayor, who also serves as the village’s liquor commissioner.
The underage drinking was discovered when police arrived to conduct a spot check, they said. The ID check revealed four underage patrons, one who had a fake ID, police said. The four were charged with underage drinking.
Additionally, TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave., was fined $250 for being open after hours on Dec. 13 and $1,000 because cocaine was found in the office of the establishment when police responded to a disturbance at the bar that night.
The village reached an agreement with the tavern calling on the owner to enforce an employee code of conduct as well as a drug-free workplace policy. Additionally, TC Pub agreed to hire security to be at the bar from 8 p.m. until close on Fridays, Saturdays and other nights that a large is expected.
The agreement requires employees to complete the state’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program.
The code of conduct states that the bar’s last call will be at 1:30 a.m., and customers must leave by 2 a.m. Employees must leave by 3 a.m.
Employees may not consume alcohol after the bar closes. Friends and customers are not allowed on the premises after close, according to agreement.