The McHenry City Council approved a liquor license request from a hair salon Monday but removed a car wash’s liquor license request from the agenda.
Kim and Joe Doherty, who own Fast Eddie’s Car Wash and Detail Center, had originally requested a liquor license for its facility at 2150 N. Richmond Road. The two planned to add video gambling to the business as well if it had been approved.
The Dohertys made a similar request in 2018, but the matter never made it before City Council.
Mayor Wayne Jett removed the liquor license and video gambling license requests from Monday’s agenda at the request of the Dohertys, he said. The business likely didn’t meet the requirements for the license they were requesting, according to city documents.
Joe Doherty said Tuesday that the family had been out of town and unable to attend the meeting.
He said he wasn’t sure if they would continue to pursue the licenses.
“It is postponed indefinitely,” he said.
Council members also debated a request by salon owner Val Ziebel. Ziebel originally wanted a full liquor license but isn’t eligible because the primary component of her business isn’t food or alcohol sales.
City Council voted to approve a personal care establishment liquor license for Valerie’s Salon instead after debate on whether to expand or change the rules to allow her to sell alcohol rather than offer it as part of a service package.
McHenry’s personal care liquor licenses allow spa and salon businesses to offer alcohol to clients at no cost. The businesses can only serve wine and beer, not hard liquor. No more than two drinks – 12 ounces of beer or 4 ounces of wine – can be served per customer, under the ordinance.
Ziebel said it was cost prohibitive to offer alcohol for free, particularly because she would need to pay the city and health department fees associated with a liquor license and buy a commercial dishwasher if she were to use glasses instead of plastic cups for the drinks.
“I would like the license you are offering, but it’s not good for business,” she said.
She said that she isn’t interested in bringing video gambling to the salon.
City Council ultimately decided not to move forward with any alteration of the personal care establishment license, or creation of another license that would accommodate Ziebel’s requests.
“I think we have gone about as far as we can go,” Ward 5 Alderman Chad Mihevc said.
Ward 1 Alderman VIctor Santi said he would like to see how things go before changing anything.
“Lets get the ball rolling, see how it goes and keep the door open for discussion in the near future,” Santi said.