Evansville considers adding liquor license for new tavern

Resident also questions why ordinances are not being enforced

A possible new tavern and a continued complaint were addressed at the Evansville Village Board meeting on Oct. 8.

On the board’s agenda for the evening was some changes to the village’s liquor licenses.

The first was the simple matter of transferring the package liquor license from Food Mart (which had closed that day) over to Schenk’s Market. The board approved.

The other proposed change was to add another Class A liquor license to accommodate a potential new tavern in town.

Roz McClure told the board that she wants to open an establishment in the former dentist office on Broad Street. She would like to have video gambling machines and, in the future, add a restaurant.

I want to start with the tavern and possibly sell food in the next year or so,” she said. “I would like for there to be another restaurant in town.” McClure also noted that the village would get money from her business having the gaming.

Trustee Nancy Schilling said that she felt there are already enough Class A liquor license establishments in town, as there are six and this would be a seventh. “They’re already hurting.”

But they will open a restaurant,” pointed out Trustee Joe Krack.

Trustee Darren Kempfer wondered if the board could even amend their liquor license ordinance to add another without holding a public hearing first. “Can we even do it? We need to see if we need a hearing, to check first before we change the ordinance.”

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.