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Keg’s Lease Likely Won't Be Renewed, Evanston Official Says

In 2012, Evanston revoked The Keg of Evanston's liquor license because of underage drinking violations. The Keg reopened after the bar's owner appealed the ruling, but the lease runs out this March--and may not be renewed.

Keg’s Lease Likely Won't Be Renewed, Evanston Official Says

The Keg of Evanston’s lease is set to expire at the end of March, and while the bar’s owner says he is negotiating the lease, an Evanston official says the lease on the property at 810 Grove St. will likely not be renewed, the Daily Northwestern reported. 

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl revoked the popular watering hole’s liquor license in early 2012 because of underage drinking violations, but the Keg has remained open while the legal battle has dragged on. 

While the bar is popular among Northwestern University students , Evanston residents and officials say the tavern endangered local youth—there have been two major incidents at the bar, one where a 22-year-old was fatally shot inside the bar and another where an underage customer was hospitalized after a fight, the Daily Northwestern reported. 

In a poll Patch conducted in 2012, 58 percent of respondent said closing the Keg was not the right call because the bar was doing its best even if it didn’t always work. 

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  • State Liquor Board Sends Keg Appeal Back to Evanston
  • The Keg Reopens Pending Liquor License Appeal
  • Reaction to The Keg's Fate is Mixed
  • Mayor Pulls The Keg's Liquor License

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