Just two weeks after creating a license that would allow an Ogden Avenue convenience store to operate as a full-fledged liquor store, the Brookfield village board created a similar liquor license for a 47th Street business.
On April 10, trustees voted unanimously to create a Class 3 liquor license for Brook Food and Liquor, 9016 47th St., located in a strip mall at the corner of 47th Street and Plainfield Road. The store currently possesses a Class 6 license, which allows the sale of beer and wine only.
In October 2005, the owner of Brook Food and Liquor, Mohammad Akbar, approached the village board with a request for a Class 3 license. At the same time the owner of Phoenix Liquors at 8814 Ogden Ave. also requested a Class 3 license. But trustees turned aside both requests without even voting on them.
Brook Food and Liquor’s initial request failed to even garner a motion from one of the village trustees.
In March, however, the owner of Phoenix Liquors again approached the village for a Class 3 license. Trustees, in a complete turnaround, voted unanimously to create the license. Learning that his Ogden Avenue competitor had gotten a full liquor license, Akbar immediately petitioned the board to reconsider his request.
On April 10, Akbar’s request sailed through the village board. Last Friday, he paid the fee for the new license, which he said he expects to have in his hands shortly.
Asked what had changed to get board members to reconsider their stances on the issue, Village President Michael Garvey said that the impetus for reconsidering the licenses came from trustees themselves.
“Board members came to me from both parties to put this back up,” Garvey said. “I know either way that these two licenses are not going to make or break our community in any way.”
Both businesses expects increased revenue, since CVS was the only retail business in Brookfield south of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks to sell a full line of spirits. Phoenix Liquors expects to benefit from car traffic along Ogden Avenue, while Brook Food and Liquor will likely benefit from the construction boom in McCook along 47th Street.
Beijing comes to Ogden Ave.
Meanwhile, the village board also on April 10 approved a Class 6 liquor license, allowing the sale of beer and wine, for a new Chinese restaurant that will open soon in the former Yolanda’s space at 9414 Ogden Ave.
According to the restaurant’s manager, Edmond Liu, who appeared before the village board on March 27, the restaurant is a suburban offshoot of Ed’s Pot Sticker House in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.
According to Liu, the menu at Mandarin Sun will include traditional Beijing-style dishes, including chicken, duck, fish and seafood. The chef, according to Liu, is “probably the only top chef of [the] Beijing Hotel in Chicagoland.
“Our major menu items come from traditional Chinese cuisine such as Royal Forbidden City, Beijing metropolitan and modern dishes of the Beijing Hotel.”
Liu said that final inspections by the village would be performed this week, and that the restaurant should open before May. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.