Carbondale Liquor Advisory Board considers several license applications
At a recent meeting, the Carbondale Liquor Advisory Board considered several license applications.
Below are the minutes from this meeting, as provided by the board.
Liquor Advisory Board
July 12, 2016
The City of Carbondale’s Liquor Advisory Board held a meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2016, in Room
103 of the Carbondale Civic Center, 200 South Illinois Avenue. Don Monty called the meeting to order at
5:32 p.m. with the following-named members of the Board present/absent:
1. Roll Call
Present: Tasis Karayiannis, David Cisco, and Donald Monty
Absent: John Mills, Steve Payne, Mark Robinson
A quorum was available to take action on the agenda items. City Staff present for the meeting included
City Clerk Jennifer Sorrell, Fire Inspector Tom Manis, and Lieutenant Matt Dunning.
2. Approval of minutes from May 19 and June 2, 2016
Tasis Karayiannis moved, David Cisco seconded, to approve the minutes of May 19 and June 2, 2016.
VOTE: All voted aye; motion declared carried.
3. Applications for three Class F1 liquor licenses (temporary – beer and wine only) for
Carbondale Tourism on August 13, August 26, and October 21, 2016
Cinnamon Smith was present to respond to Board inquiries. She noted that a special events committee
was being developed through Tourism which will include the input of various Carbondale organizations.
These will be free events with the exception of food or beverage vending. [The August 13 event is the last
event of the summer before the students return. It is specifically a community based event targeting the
local citizens. Events on August 26 will be a part of the Live on Main series that began in June of 2015.
Its purpose is to raise funds to offset the operational costs for the October event. October’s event will
focus on entertainment for the SIU Homecoming visitors. Communication with SIU is open in order to
avoid scheduling conflicts.]
Board inquiries and comments included the significance of an email from the Newell House [showing
support for the event which will be in front of and near their business] and concerns about parking
availability for the August 13 event [they are seeking to work with SIU and noted available on street
parking, as well as near the railroad tracks.]
David Cisco moved, Tasis Karayiannis seconded, to approve applications for three Class F1 liquor
licenses (temporary – beer and wine only) for Carbondale Tourism on August 13, August 26, and October
21, 2016. VOTE: All voted aye; motion declared carried.
4. Application for a Class A2 liquor license from Sabor de Mel, LLC d/b/a Sabor de Mel at
607 South Illinois Avenue
Melba Gastal was present to respond to Board inquiries. The applicant noted that she had previously been
approved for a liquor license, but there were one of two requirements that she had to meet: either she had
to have a citizen operating as the agent or to establish a company which could hold the liquor license in
Board inquiries and comments included the menu [same menu with minimal changes], the increase in the
size of the facility [she will be hiring additional staff], clarification about the source of funding for the
business [self-financed], the issues with the fencing obscuring the business itself [she is working with the
owner to find a way to make it more visible], how would dancing be accommodated [the dancing would
occur in the outdoor café area It was noted that this is located at the former Melange restaurant], what
type of music would be played [currently unsure of the type of music].
Tasis Karayiannis moved, David Cisco seconded, to recommend approval of the application for a Class
A2 liquor license from Sabor de Mel, LLC, contingent upon receipt of outstanding items. VOTE: All
voted aye; motion declared carried.
5. Application for a Class A2 liquor license from Chango’s Inc. d/b/a Chango’s at 519 South
Emmanuel Lopez Cortes was present to respond to Board inquiries. Mr. Cortes indicated that the business
would serve fast food with a simple menu.
Board inquiries and comments included when meal service would occur [the whole time that the business
is operational], if there would be seating outdoors [he does not want to include outdoor seating], noting
that the applicant is responsible to prevent drunk customers and blocking of the road [acknowledged],
would the business be the same as Mr. Ramirez’ [no, different menu], remarks on the start-up costs [the
owner left the equipment which helped his costs], and noted that vehicle delivery of alcohol was
Lieutenant Dunning asked if there would be private parties at this location and the applicant stated that
there would be no private parties.
David Cisco moved, Tasis Karayiannis seconded, to recommend approval of the application for a Class
A2 liquor license from Chango’s Inc., contingent upon receipt of outstanding items. VOTE: All voted
aye; motion declared carried.
6. Citizens’ Comments
Next meeting scheduled for August 4, 2016.
Meeting adjourned at 6:03 p.m.