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Bloomington To Consider New License To Drink Packaged Liquor On Site

Green Top Grocery beer cooler
Eric Stock
Green Top Grocery wants its customers to be able to drink beer and wine in the store.

Green Top Grocery is asking the Bloomington City Council to create a new liquor license qualification that would enable customers who buy packaged beer or wine to drink on site.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the request at its regular meeting on Monday night. According to a report to the council, the city is proposing the new licensing fee would be $1,000 for the remainder of 2018; $1,100 the following two years and $1,200 starting in 2021.

Green Top, a co-op grocery store which opened in May 2017, has a dining section and conducts cooking demonstrations. It currently pays $800 annually for its packaged liquor license and an additional $500 for Sunday sales.

A Green Top representative spoke in support of the change at a Bloomington Liquor Commission meeting in June. No one spoke against the proposal.

City officials said the proposal is similar to an ordinance Urbana approved.

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Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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