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Wine & Roses pleads guilty to liquor license violation in Algonquin

ALGONQUIN – A restaurant that has had previous liquor license violations and liquor license suspensions will have to pay a fine for selling alcohol to minors in December.

The village Liquor Commission on Tuesday fined Wine & Roses, 1130 N. Main St., $2,000 for the liquor license violation. The restaurant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The restaurant also has to have Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training for employees who have not been trained.

In December, during a police compliance check of 27 establishments – 14 places that serve alcohol along with food and 13 packaged liquor stores – two underage people went in to try to buy alcohol. 

Wine & Roses was one of five businesses to fail the check. The other four – Chipotle, Buddyz A Chicago Pizzeria, Bangkok and Foley’s Pub – received punishments in February. 

Wine & Roses and the village had been in negotiations for a plea agreement.

Wine & Roses has had previous violations, including selling to a minor in 2005 and offering free drinks in 2006.

In 2002, the restaurant had its license suspended twice for selling alcohol to minors.

In 1996, the restaurant had its license suspended after it had video gambling at the establishment, well before video gambling was allowed in the state.

After a 2005 violation, the village revoked the restaurant’s liquor license, but that sentenced was reduced to a 30-day suspension after an appeal to the state liquor commission.

Police Chief Russell Laine said the restaurant has passed other compliance checks.

“Part of [what] came into consideration was the length of time between the violations,” Laine said.

In the past, Wine & Roses owner John Wesolowski has been antagonistic toward the liquor commission.

Wesolowski was not at the meeting, but his attorney Bill Hellyer represented the restaurant.

“His attitude has changed,” Hellyer said. “Rather than being combative, he was remorseful.”

Village President John Schmitt said he hopes the restaurant doesn’t have any future violations.

“We hope we never see him here again, as we’ve done before, but that was a long time ago,” Schmitt said.

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