Rockford Council Halts Some Liquor Applications

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) --Some business owners who want a liquor license in Rockford will have to wait a few weeks. The city council has put a hold on certain applications. Aldermen want new guidelines for businesses hoping to install video gaming machines.

Aldermen have several concerns over these new businesses that have been popping up, so instead of flat out denying new requests, the council will lay them over until the council takes a closer look at the issue.

The council has had plenty of new liquor applications from business owners who want to set up video gaming parlors. But aldermen worry too many too close together could give neighborhoods a bad image. Others want to charge these business for a full liquor license, which is $10,000 and not a beer and wine only license which is $5,000. A few alderman are afraid of the crowd these type of bars would attract.

Earlier this year, the city set up regulations concerning the issuing of tobacco licenses. They could do the same for these gaming parlors. The whole council will talk it over at a special meeting next Monday.

Aldermen also approved plans to open a Longhorn Steak House on East State Street near American TV. The owners hope to be up and running in October.

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