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Yorkville council vote paves way for bar in historic downtown site

A taproom featuring craft beer may go inhistoric building Route 47 Van EmmStreet downtown Yorkville.  |  Steve Lord~Sun-Times

A taproom featuring craft beer may go into the historic building at Route 47 and Van Emmon Street in downtown Yorkville. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 15, 2014 6:16AM

YORKVILLE — Aldermen this week helped pave the way for a new tap room to be put into an historic downtown building.

The City Council voted unanimously to increase the number of Class A liquor licenses downtown, which are for bars that serve liquor by the drink, from three to four to make way for a project tentatively known as the Law Office.

The bar would feature craft beers, particularly from the nearby Three Angels Brewery, and live music.

The business is in the planning stages by Three Angels’ owners Boyd Ingemunson and Jason Leslie for Ingemunson’s former family law office building on the northeast corner of Route 47 and Van Emmon Street.

There is no specific development plan for the space right now, and Three Angels officials have been soliciting ideas and even names for the space on their Facebook page.

Hearing required

So, even though aldermen approved expanding the number of licenses, the developers would have to apply for a liquor license and go through the required hearing. They also would have to bring forward a specific plan for the building.

Right now, there are three establishments with the bar liquor licenses downtown: Cobblestone Bakery and Bistro, Rowdy’s bar and restaurant and the Kendall Grille.

Unlike those three places, the Law Office would likely not serve food, just liquor. Instead, it would have menus from all the downtown restaurants and food could be brought in to the establishment.

Three Angels is a nano-brewery and distillery in rural Kendall County. It already sponsors the Summer Solstice Festival in downtown Yorkville, which is a music festival that includes craft beers from around the country.

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