Bar keeps license, will be open for drinks, 'reminiscing'
TOWN OF DARIEN—A bar owner believes the town should notify its residents of ordinance changes.
The town says it follows the rules.
The issue arose when Glenn Meine received notice his liquor license might be revoked because his business had not been open enough during the previous year.
Meine, who is better known by his stage name Glenn Davis, owns the former Silver Moon, the bar at the northeast corner of County M and Highway 11/14. The business is up for sale.
The Darien Town Board passed the revocation amendment to the town's alcohol ordinance in February. The agenda for that meeting lists the item as “Amend ordinance Chapter 9 of alcohol regulation.”
After it was passed, the portion of the ordinance changed was posted in the town hall and two local businesses, including the restaurant across the road from the former Silver Moon.
Meine said that wasn't enough.
“When they're doing something that affects property values or a person's finances, they can't be treating those decisions lightly,” Meine said.
A liquor license, which costs $100, cannot be bought or sold, Meine said. However, the village board is more likely to allow the transfer of the liquor license to an establishment that has been a tavern for many years.
Town Clerk Marilyn Larson said that she puts the agendas together and sometimes with the assistance of the town attorney, Kim Howarth.
Meine appealed his revocation. After discussion between the board and its attorney, the wording of the ordinance was changed.
An establishment must now be open for “two days out of every 30.”
That's something Meine said he can do.
“I can go in there, turn on the lights for four or five hours,” Meine said. “There's some maintenance to do; or maybe we can walk around and reminisce.”
If you're lucky enough to catch him there, he can also sell you a beer.
Meine said he wanted to “dial down” his argument with the town, and try to “make it into a civics lesson” about the importance of public scrutiny of government operations.