Noyes Street hotdog restaurant granted license to sell liquor

Ciara McCarthy, Editor in Chief

Evanston aldermen voted Monday to reverse Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s decision to deny a liquor license to a Noyes Street eatery.

D&D Dogs, 825 Noyes St., will be permitted to sell alcohol on its premises because of the council’s decision. A restaurant representative said the license would be used to sell beer and wine.

D&D Dogs requested the license to sell alcohol in July. Tisdahl, who also serves as Evanston’s liquor control commissioner, denied D&D’s application for multiple reasons. Tisdahl’s order cited concerns over a potential increase in neighborhood noise levels and the possibility of underage alcohol consumption by nearby Northwestern students if the business were to sell alcohol.

After Tisdahl’s decision, Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) requested that council review it.

On Monday evening, multiple citizens voiced support for a liquor license for D&D, noting that alderman granted neighboring restaurant DMK Burger & Fish, 815 Noyes St., a liquor license in July.

“Now that the precedent has been set to allow DMK to serve beer and wine with food, it is only fair to allow the same level playing field for D&D Dogs,” said resident Jane Evans.

The D&D representative at council Art Newman said the restaurant had scanning machines for IDs to prevent underage drinking and that liquor sales would help the restaurant compete with neighboring businesses.

Council voted 7 to 1 on Monday to reverse and overrule Tisdahl’s decision.

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