ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Neighbors in the Rural Oaks area of Rockford spend three hours Tuesday night debating the pros and cons of adding a new bar to their neighborhood.
The owners of the proposed bar called Rural on Tap went in front of the city's Liquor and Tobacco Advisory Board tonight. So did 2 dozen neighbors both in support and opposition of the business. Those in favor argue it would be a good meeting place and bring some energy to the area. Others say they don't want the extra traffic and noise just steps from their homes.
“They kept referencing how much better the shopping center is since a tobacco shop moved out but if cigarettes cause a lot of problems, what’s alcohol going to do? Cigarettes don’t intoxicate people but alcohol does and I think that’s going to cause issues," says neighbor Frank Schmitt.
“We want the neighbors to be happy number one because they’re going to be our customers so we wanted to address any concerns that we could and take care of them so that we had a successful business in the neighborhood to make sure everybody is happy," says Nick Fosberg, one of the owners of Rural on Tap.
The business owners got their liquor license; that move still needs to be approved by the full council.