Acting in her role as the City’s liquor commissioner, on Jan. 30, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl revoked the liquor license of The Keg, 810 Grove St. She had taken the measure under advisement after a liquor commission hearing last week. At the Jan. 27 hearing, The Keg owner, Tom Mignon, failed to present a plan to prevent underage drinking and to “allay the concerns” of the commission about sales of alcohol to underage customers, according to the findings and order of Liquor Commissioner Tisdahl.
According to the findings, the commission was offered “incontrovertible proof that The Keg, through its use of social media, expressly incited, encouraged and assisted underage patrons in coming to The Keg and consuming alcohol.” I.D. checks were lax at The Keg, according to the findings, because employees used “credit or debit cards” for verification.
City figures showed that there were 147 citations issued for The Keg from 2005 through the end of January of this year. One hundred eleven of those, including 19 this year, were alcohol-related.
“It is always an extremely difficult decision to revoke a license of a local business, but I have to also consider the health and welfare of the community as a whole. Serving minors alcohol is a serious matter that cannot be left unaddressed,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl who also serves as the city’s Local Liquor Control Commissioner. “The rationale behind my decision today to revoke the liquor license of The Keg of Evanston is outlined in the City of Evanston Liquor Control Board order.”