GLEN ELLYN – A cocktail lounge and boutique spirit shop plans to open in downtown Glen Ellyn.
The Glen Ellyn Village Board voted April 9 to create a new liquor license classification for the proposed business. Village staff had recommended creating the new classification because the proposal did not fit with any current liquor license classification.
"We've done this similarly for other businesses that come to town where they don't quite fit into our existing liquor license classification," Glen Ellyn Economic Development Coordinator Meredith Hannah told village trustees during their Feb. 20 workshop meeting.
The new liquor classification will require a $2,000 annual liquor license fee.
Common Good plans to open in a vacant space in the Sign of the Whale Antiques building at 560 Crescent Blvd., across the street from the Metra train station. Common Good proprietors Chad Hauge, Alicia Hauge and Mike Melazzo have an extensive background in cocktail creation.
As proposed, 40 percent of the lounge's sales would be from retail sales, along with 50 percent in on-premise cocktail sales and 10 percent in food sales.
"The closest comparison would be The Beer Cellar, where they have dedicated space for packaged beer sales and they have pours you can enjoy there as well, and we also require that they have some type of substantial food available there," Hannah said.
As proposed, Blackberry Market, also located in downtown Glen Ellyn, would provide food at the business. In addition, Chicago-based Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits would provide rotating seasonal desserts, and Common Good also would sell seasonal gourmet popcorn and other bar snacks.
Melazzo, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, told trustees Feb. 20 the village's food and drink culture made it an ideal place for their cocktail lounge. In their presentation to the village, the owners said Common Good would offer a wide selection of spirits and liqueurs selected not for their popularity, but their quality.
Common Good also plans to offer non-alcoholic slushies and house-made non-alcoholic sodas for those who don’t want to drink alcohol.