Denied: petition to overturn liquor ban

By Lauren Gurley

A University petition to revoke a 23-year-old liquor ban that prevented the opening of the Japanese restaurant Yusho at 1301 East 53rd Street, former home of the Third World Café, has been denied.

According to the City Clerk’s Office, the paperwork misidentified the geographical boundaries of the precinct the ban currently covers, which includes where Matthias Merges, chef of the Logan Square restaurant Charlie Trotter’s, plans to open his new upscale eatery.

As a result, all 60 signatures from the petition are now considered invalid, according to a DNAinfo article.

In order for the ban to be overturned, the University will have to again gather the signatures of two-thirds of the residents in the Fourth Ward’s First Precinct in order to resubmit the petition. If the City Clerk accepts the petition, there will then be another 30-day period during which opponents of the petition can challenge the ban’s reversal.