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State Liquor Board Sends Keg Appeal Back to Evanston

After the city of Evanston revoked the bar and restaurant’s liquor license in January, owner Tom Migon appealed the decision with the state. A judge ruled Friday to send the issue back to the city for review.

The fate of the Keg’s liquor license rests in Evanston’s hands again. 

After Mayor Tisdahl revoked the bar and restaurant’s liquor license in January, owner Tom Migon appealed the decision with the state liquor commission. In an order entered May 9, the state commission sent the matter back to the city liquor commission for a second hearing. 

Evanston’s evidence against the bar included 111 alcohol-related ordinance citations since 2005. A satirical Twitter account that was pretending to speak for Migon and made light of underage drinking was also presented. That account was actually the work of a former Northwestern student.

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Cyndi Gage May 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I sincerely hope that the City stands by their initial decision. This place has been a problem for years. Mr. Mignon had many warnings and ample time to correct this situation before it got to this point. Some people are deserving of a second or third chance, but 111 chances? I'm pretty sure that my parents would have given up on my if I caused that much trouble.
Cyndi Gage May 18, 2012 at 09:10 PM
*give up on me
John Brinkmann May 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
very important note to take under consideration---since the Keg reopened awaiting this decision the place has been quite mellow---whatever steps they took to insure a more prudent ID check appears to be working---and I have to think it's possible they did away with "under 21 nights"---from my observations going back many years, these were the only nights the place was ever packed and rowdy (Monday and Thursday nights if memory serves me correctly here)---I see no reason to deny NU students their favorite Evanston watering hole as long as Mignon insures a strict ID check system is followed
lucas May 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Actually we are told 111 over a five or 6 year period. Don't really think thats that bad in a colleg town. But the city s also being pretty MUM on the numbers from Evanston Liquors on Davis. Seeems that place has quite a few undereage buying liquor. It should be easier for them to seeif person matches ID with all the lighting they have
Melissa June 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I agree...Do they think these businesses want to be responible and possibly sued for some malarky caused by young people drinking in their bar? NO! I wanted to know if they card outside the bar or inside...?

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