Rantoul considers fewer liquor licenses
RANTOUL — Village trustees must decide at Tuesday's monthly meeting whether eight is too much.
The board will mull a liquor advisory committee recommendation to reduce from eight to seven the number of Class A liquor licenses.
The license became available when Hot Headz Bar & Grill, 108 N. Garrard St., closed earlier this year.
It didn't take long for another group to step forward to run the bar.
Kevin Dockham of Fisher, who manages the building for owner Hobbs Vending, and Kelly Steenbergen addressed the village board at the Feb. 5 study session. Steenbergen and her husband, Sam, also of Fisher, would run the bar with help from their family.
Mayor Neal Williams said the liquor advisory committee, which met in January, had recommended the number of Class A licenses (alcoholic liquor for consumption on or off the premises) be reduced. He said the village perhaps has too many Class A licenses.
"That bar has been opened and closed and opened and closed a number of times," Williams said Wednesday. "There doesn't seem to be any stability. We're talking, 'Is this good for downtown Rantoul?'"