PORTAGE PARK — A well-liked Mexican restaurant that takes a break from main occasions over the summer season, hopes to convey them again with the assist of its neighbors.
Tatas Tacos homeowners Opened Tataş Kitchen and SocialThe enterprise’s third location at 5700 W. Irving Park Highway in March. Co-owner Marci Romero Berner mentioned the restaurant hosted music and comedy nights, info nights, fundraisers, and different group occasions earlier than being shut down in August for not having the appropriate license.
A Public Place of Entertainment license It’s necessary for leisure venues with an entrance price of greater than 100 individuals.
Homeowners of Tatas have been by no means informed they wanted this license for his or her free actions. The homeowners weren’t fined, however somebody did file a grievance with Ald. Romero Berner mentioned it was Nick Sposato (thirty eighth) who requested them to cease.
Homeowners mentioned the enterprise has solely hosted small fundraising occasions because the summer season, making it tough for the massive restaurant to remain open as enterprise has been gradual.
We’re bleeding out financially, mentioned Romero Berner.
The homeowners are working with Sposato and a zoning legal professional to acquire the suitable license to proceed group actions.
The restaurant can match 130 individuals, however bigger occasions will possible solely have an effect on 90 individuals as a result of the restaurant solely has three servers. Romero Berner mentioned reservations are required for stay occasions.
We’d like to have the ability to do these actions in an effort to proceed the commerce,” he mentioned.
Final week, at a group assembly hosted by Sposato on the Portage Park Senior Middle, the homeowners informed neighbors what sort of leisure they plan to carry and answered questions. Whereas a gathering just isn’t required earlier than making use of for a allow, Sposato and the homeowners mentioned they want suggestions from neighbors earlier than continuing.
“I believe it is going to be a profit to society,” Sposato mentioned.
Neighbors mentioned they assist the enterprise and its efforts to host social occasions. Donna Alvarado, who has lived close by for 31 years and has typically dined at Tatas, mentioned it harm everybody that the group did not assist native companies.
“We do not need vacancies, so thanks for separating the 2 at Portage Park and making a distinction,” Alvarado informed enterprise homeowners. “Many people assist you.”
Tatas additionally has branches in Six Corners and Lakeview, which will get 10 p.c of gross sales from the bigger restaurant after they can generate sufficient enterprise.
Jan Robertson, who lives close to Basis Tavern & Grille, 5007 W. Irving Park Highway, additionally vouched for Tatas.
“We have by no means had any points with that enterprise, with their parking areas, their trash, or something, and lots of people from the neighborhood go there,” Robertson mentioned. “We should assist our neighbors”
Whereas most Tatas’ clients do not drive to the restaurant, co-owners Julia Paphitis and Romero Berner are engaged on a cope with the homeowners of close by Greenback Tree and E&J Auto Service to permit clients to park in in a single day parking heaps. Occasions.
“We will additionally assist this with valet parking that can use these lands, so this can truly be a bonus for our clients and a solution to management this for the group,” Paphitis mentioned.
Whereas some neighbors have been happy with the Tatas addition to the neighborhood, they expressed considerations about security, parking and noise management.
Some additionally needed to ensure issues did not develop into noisy or harmful. The restaurant was dwelling to El Viejon and earlier than that the Veranda Tavern, which hosted music reveals. problematic special events.
“Typically the Patio homeowners would host non-public occasions inside and it could be very loud. … Even when we had all our home windows closed, we might nonetheless hear the music and attempt to put our younger kids to sleep,” mentioned Ryan Collins, who lives just a few blocks away.
The homeowners of Tataş informed residents that they won’t reserve rock bands for occasions and that the music will solely be inside on the primary ground of the constructing. The homeowners additionally mentioned they’re “overly prepared” to rent safety guards when occasions exceed 100 individuals, however that this can possible be as soon as a month for the restaurant’s Saturday music lineup, which is able to function locals and unbiased musicians.
The restaurant is open Tuesday-Friday from 23:00 to 21:00 and on weekends from 11:00 to 12:00.
An operations plan shall be written primarily based on assembly suggestions, with tips for stay occasions, Sposato mentioned. He mentioned he would revoke the leisure license if the homeowners broke any of the said guarantees.
Romero Berner mentioned he plans to use for a license as quickly as he will get a listening to on the metropolis corridor.
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