A new bar and restaurant could open as early as March at 24 S. Broadway in downtown Aurora.
Aldermen on the City Council’s Government Operations Committee this week recommended a liquor license for Mark Hogan, the owner of Tavern on Broadway, who said he hopes to be open by late March.
The license would be an E-1 category, which allows a restaurant to serve liquor by the drink with its meal service, and also to have a limited late-night menu.
It’s located in the former Tavern on the Fox location. Proponents of downtown, as well as merchants and city officials, have been trying to get something in that spot on the west side of Broadway, just a few doors from New York Street, since Tavern on the Fox closed.
Almost a year ago, aldermen approved a liquor license for Tavern 25, which was to open a bar-restaurant in the same building, with renovated apartments in the second floor of the building. But that project fell apart due to rising costs and lack of funding.
Hogan said he has held liquor licenses in five Illinois communities, including Urbana, South Elgin and Batavia. He currently owns the Wilson Street Tavern in downtown Batavia.
The establishment would have 12 bar stools and 52 seats at tables, he said.
“We plan on having more than just standard bar food,” Hogan said. “We’ll have some interesting salads, homemade soups.”