With out Allow, Burr Ridge Bar Delivers Dwell Amusement

BURR RIDGE, IL – A Burr Ridge bar with near ties to the mayor has no allow to offer you reside leisure, but it has advertised DJs for far more than a month on social media.

Last yr, when the village thought of a permit for the Are We Live lounge, the restaurant’s agent promised it would not present live new music, only the piped-in assortment. That was soon after neighbors expressed issues about sounds.

In January, the bar appeared poised to violate that pledge with advertisements for a singer, but it backed off right after Patch printed a tale about it.

The village’s definition of “live enjoyment” consists of DJs.

At the Village Board’s ask for, the Approach Fee given that April has thought of loosening the rules for dwell amusement, so that venues these kinds of as Are We Reside can provide tunes devoid of having a unique allow.

The fee has now mentioned the challenge twice, but its members look divided on the situation, with some saying they want to keep on demanding specific permits.

Like Burr Ridge, close by towns this kind of as Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills have to have special use permits for stay enjoyment, while La Grange permits it as an accessory, as Burr Ridge is considering doing, according to Burr Ridge information.

Are We Live and the nearby Capri Ristorante, both equally in County Line Square, are owned by Filippo “Gigi” Rovito. Right until Grasso became mayor once again in 2019, he served as Rovito’s lawyer in a number of circumstances. A plate is named soon after the mayor at Capri Ristorante. And Rovito donated $5,000 to Grasso’s unsuccessful 2018 attorney standard marketing campaign. But the mayor returned the cash immediately after a downstate Tv station called the donation into issue.

Rovito, Grasso, Village Administrator Evan Walter and Local community Enhancement Director Janine Farrell did not return messages for comment Monday.

In an email to village officers Monday, resident Patricia Davis questioned why the village would enable Are We Dwell to violate the code.

“Is this enterprise remaining granted unique favors from the Village?” Davis asked. “If any citations are staying issued, they are obtaining no result since the organization is advertising and marketing a DJ for later this 7 days.”

She mentioned the village retains the ability to rescind Are We Live’s running and liquor licenses.

Most likely Grasso’s most significant-profile critic, former Burr Ridge Trustee Zach Mottl, has long questioned Grasso’s relationship to Rovito, expressing the company proprietor receives benefits that others really don’t. Mottl often notes Rovito’s prison record.

Mott was defeated in his bid for re-election very last yr to Grasso-aligned candidates.