Chillicothe city council approves controversial loan for new bar and restaurant

By WEEK Reporter

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- The Chillicothe city council unanimously approved a loan for a controversial new bar and restaurant on Monday.

The council chambers were packed full.

Many were in favor of an eatery that would take over the former Pizza Hut location on Fourth Street and Beech Street in Chillicothe.

Neighbors voiced their options too saying a full liquor license with a beer garden and a 1 a.m. closing time on the weekends would lead to increased noise in their neighborhood.

"When those people leave the place, you know odds are we will have some disturbances and that's what we are worried about," said a concerned neighbor. "There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood. They don't need to be woken up."

"Whenever there is change, people are often times afraid," said Dennis Luckett who received the city loan for the new business. "It's like I've told them in the past and it's like I've told them this evening, we intend to be good neighbors and I don't think their concerns will come about."

Neighbors said they still plan on bidding on the property with plans to remodel it and turn it into a retail or office space.

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