Southside bar owner hoping to extend hours

By Beau Ebenezer

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local sports bar in South Peoria is hoping to extend its hours until 4 a.m. on the weekends despite the city's moratorium on early morning liquor licenses.

Last November, the City of Peoria halted all taverns and restaurants from obtaining liquor licenses in the 4 a.m. liquor district for 2013.

However on Tuesday, the liquor commission approved a 4 a.m. closing time for Kareena's Sports Bar on Southwest Adams Street.

At-large Councilman Eric Turner, who also serves as the Deputy Liquor Commissioner, said that is only because it was approved before the ban went into effect.

In the past, he has been an advocate for extending bar hours on the Southside.

He said they are looking at providing another place for residents to go besides downtown, but neighborhood complaints have prevented it from happening.

"It's usually neighborhood objection," Turner said. "I am a neighborhood person, and when the neighbors object to it, the council is not going to let it happen in the neighborhood. That's the main problem, and if they have trouble in those areas, we have a very low tolerance for having trouble and problems in those areas."

Currently, the only taverns and restaurants that remain open until 4 a.m. are in downtown Peoria with the exception of Club Apollo off Southwest Jefferson Street.

The city council will take up Kareena's application on October 22.

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