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City Council clears restaurants to allow younger alcohol servers

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 1:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 1:07 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – Next time you order a craft beer or a fancy cocktail in Wheaton, your server could be a high school student.

This is because the Wheaton City Council passed an ordinance Monday allowing servers as young as 18 to deliver alcohol.

The amendment to lower the age requirement from 19 was passed unanimously. Council member Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti was not in attendance.

Local restaurant Front Street Cocina requested the change so that it could expand its potential pool of employees, according to Director of Planning and Economic Development Jim Kozik.

Wheaton joins Naperville in allowing younger servers, while Glen Ellyn still requires servers to be 19.

"It was just a sense at the time that a person of an older age would have the necessary strength to say no. That maturity might bring a greater enforcement of the ordinance," said City Attorney James Knippen said on why the limits were previously set higher.

The amended ordinance would only lower the age for servers, according to Kozik. State law dictates that bartenders, mixers or those who ring up package alcohol sales such as grocery store cashiers must be at least 21.

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