Danny's Pizza and Beef on 9123 Ogden Ave., Brookfield

Four years after getting the cold shoulder from the Brookfield Village Board, Mario Zavaleta, the owner of Danny’s Italian Pizza & Beef, was granted a license that allows him to sell beer and wine to customers at his small fast-food stand at 9123 Ogden Ave.

The vote by village trustees on Sept. 26 was unanimous as part of the board’s consent agenda and was approved without discussion.

The liquor license allows Danny’s to sell beer and wine for consumption on-premises and they also can sell alcohol to-go in the original packaging.

Zavaleta’s last attempt at obtaining a liquor license didn’t go so smoothly, but the difference this time, according to Village President Michael Garvey is that Zavaleta wasn’t tying the license to also obtaining a video gambling license.

In 2018, Zavaleta told trustees of his request, “That’s why I want it, to have the gambling machines in there.”

But after at least three trustees at that time indicated they wouldn’t support a video gambling license for Danny’s Pizza & Beef, Zavaleta withdrew the request.

When he and his attorney appeared before the village board at their committee of the whole meeting on Sept. 12, Zavaleta indicated the reason he wanted a liquor license was that some customers were requesting to drink beer with their meals.

Garvey responded that receiving a liquor license was no guarantee of receiving a video gambling license after a year.

“Our policy is not to grant any gaming licenses to anyone unless they’ve had a [liquor license] for at least one year, and that fact that if the board does create a liquor license … doesn’t mean that we’re saying you’re going to get a gaming license down the road,” Garvey said.

That does not mean Zavaleta could not choose to submit an application for a video gambling license in a year’s time.

La Cabanita awarded state gaming license

Meanwhile, another Ogden Avenue eatery, La Cabanita was awarded a video gambling license by the Illinois Gaming Board at their Sept. 15 meeting.

The restaurant’s owner has not yet appeared before the village board to make a pitch to allow machines inside the Mexican restaurant, which has been located at 9438 Ogden Ave. since the 1990s. 

The restaurant has had a liquor license since 2005, when it was granted a beer/wine license.