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New Asian Restaurant Eats Cost of $10,000 Liquor License

With Shorewood out of regular $600 Class B liquor licenses, village officials approved a reserve permit for NaNa Asian Fusion, ensuring the restaurant opens on time with a full liquor bar.

New Asian restaurant and sushi bar NaNa Asian Fusion decided to eat the cost of a $10,000 reserve Class B liquor license as the Village Board approved the permit Monday.

Owner Nick Zheng hopes to open sometime this month, with a full liquor bar, but with Shorewood businesses already holding Shorewood’s 14 Class B licenses allowing them to serve hard liquor, beer and wine, Zheng’s only option was to apply for a $10,000 reserve license.

"He has decided not to wait...because they would like to open fully equipped," Trustee Ellen Eckman said.

State law allots municipalities a set number of Class B licenses for issuance and some reserve Class B liquor licenses based on its population, which are required to be sold for no less than $10,000. Shorewood has eight reserve licenses.

The $10,000 cost of the license is a one-time charge and the license can be renewed annually for $600.

However, Zheng previously told Patch that village officials told him there’s a chance he could be reimbursed for the license.

Village officials are .

Monday, the Village Board approved increasing the number of beer-only licenses Shorewood can issue from three to five. Shorewood also has three wine-only licenses available.

Officials say some new businesses have been issued full liquor licenses, with plans to only serve beer. Increasing the beer-only licenses will allow Shorewood to possibly free up some full licenses in the future and ensure prospective businesses aren't discouraged from opening up shop in Shorewood.

"We have some indication that one of the new businesses that came in and took one of the full licenses might have done beer and wine-only, but neither were available," Eckman said.

In addition, officials have discussed starting an economic development grant program similar to what other communities facing a liquor license shortage have also done.

Zheng and co-owner Ka Bo Wong are the third generation of restaurant owners in their family. Their relatives have opened various types of Asian fusion restaurants in New York, California and Florida including a chain called Wild Ginger.

Absolutelyfabulous October 07, 2011 at 02:17 PM
What happen's if NaNa doesn't stay at the location and another restaurant comes in and wants a liquor license? Do they have to start all over again and pay $10,000? Also, I don't know why this money would be "Granted" vs simply stretching out the payments for the license. Why? Because if this restaurant is any good and there doesn't seem to be much competition around, they can be rolling in the $$$. Jimmy John'a & Noodles restaurants do gangbuster business w/out a liquor license and these places can easily generate over $1,000,000 a year in revenue. I was at Jimmy Johns on Oakland the other day and they had 9 workers behind the counter w/ 1 on the register just cranking out these sandwiches. That Chinese restaurant East Garden or something on Oakland/Menlo got nailed by the IRS a few years ago for not declaring over $1,000,000 in revenue and their food is disgusting.
Bob McBride October 07, 2011 at 02:27 PM
I miss Chang Cheng. It was everything a Chinese restaurant should be. Decrepid, dusty decor, kitchen that was an inspector's nightmare, lots of bickering in Cantonese (I think, it didn't sound like Mandarin to me), intimidated waitress that barely understood English and regularly messed up the orders (but you took it in stride), reasonably good food at a reasonable price and the owner was a hoot. Got food there all the time and never got sick, which is the gold standard as far as I'm concerned with a Chinese carryout place. Can't say the same for East Garden or Willy Ho's or China Palace or Number 1.
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) October 07, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Hey Absolutelyfabulous, To answer your first question, if a new business were to open in Shorewood and seek a Class B liquor license, they would have to pay the $10,000 fee; regardless of whether they moved into NaNa's current location or a different storefront. Unless, one of the village's 14 regular $600 Class B licenses became available.
Monica February 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
So what does this say about our future??.. It is so typical that (in this country) if you have money, you dont have to wait in line, you dont have to wait for the Board to approve you, just shell out the money and we'll alter our agenda to accomodate you... I guess theres no such thing as equality even among vendors... Is Shorewood that broke that it would give a liquor license to the highest bidder (well in this case 10K)? What happened to RULES AND GUIDELINES

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