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Café gets liquor license on its third attempt

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

In an on again, off again issue of approving a liquor license for Sonny’s Slots and Café at 8841 W. 87th St., it seems the third time was the charm. The Hickory Hills Council approved a Class E Liquor License for the facility at the council meeting last Thursday.

The action increased the number of Class E Liquor licenses in the city from nine to 10.

Previously, the license had been granted to the café owner several months ago, but was removed when he announced the business would not be opening. When he returned a second time with the request, it was denied because there was additional work required on other properties in the Plaza. The approval at the June 9 meeting came after Mayor Mike Howley announced the required work at the Plaza was near completion and everything was up to code.

Also approved was an ordinance approving a Class 6b tax incentive for property located at 7731 W. 98th St. Village attorney Vince Cainkar explained that the tax incentive reduces taxes on industrial buildings, particularly on those which have been vacant for an extended period of time.

The prospective buyer of the property is Mariesa Errico, a Hickory Hills resident. She and her family have a contract on the property, contingent on the approval of the Class 6b incentive.

“We are planning on converting it into a wholesale bakery. Our products are sold to hotels and restaurants in the Chicago area; we are not a retail bakery,” she said. Currently, they anticipate 35 to 50 employees, with expansion plans that could bring that total to 100 employees in the future. The family presently owns a bakery on the North Side of Chicago.

An Intergovernmental agreement was approved calling for Hickory Hills to join with Hometown and the villages of Summit and Bedford Park in police dispatching efforts. The dispatch center will operate out of Hickory Hills.

A second ordinance introduced by Cainkar was an intergovernmental agreement to establish a Joint 911 Authority with the villages of Summit and Bedford Park. Cainkar stated that the plan has to be in place by July 1 in compliance with state law.

“It is good to be keeping this local. And the contract can be terminated after one year with a 60-day notice, if the city thinks it is not working,” Cainkar said.

In a third intergovernmental agreement, approval was given for the city to join in the establishment of a Southwest Major Crimes Task.

“Formation of this group will reduce the number of call-outs for our department,” said Hickory Hills Police Lt. Tim Stevens. “We will continue to be a part of the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force for the time being, to see how this works, but this new group could be a benefit to us. As members of the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force, we are often called out to assist in communities as far as University Park, Richton Park and Harvey. With a Southwest task force, the call-outs could be fewer."