Foxtrot Market scouts Division Street site, seeks end to packaged goods moratorium

Foxtrot Market, 900 W. Armitage, is scouting Division Street sites where only restaurants have been allowed new liquor licenses.

East Village Association board of directors meeting
June 12, 2017
Vora Certified Public Accountants, 1708 W. Chicago Ave.

By Michelle Hayward

Liquor License Moratorium

Mike LaVitola of Foxtrot presented his concept for an upscale boutique grocery store. There are two locations in Chicago: Lincoln Park and Fulton Market. His request is for EVA to approve a lift of the the moratorium on new packaged goods licenses from Wood to Ashland on both sides of Division Street.

Foxtrot also seeks an incidental license to serve beer and wine on premises at night. A specific location for the market has not been named.

  • Serving coffee, beer and wine.
  • Selling packaged wines, beers and liquors.
  • Offering groceries and lifestyle goods.

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno and Foxtrot have discussed attaching a binding Plan of Operation to the license. The Planning, Preservation & Development Committee will make a recommendation to members once we have the plan, potentially for a vote at the July 10 membership meeting.

Sugary drink taxes treat obesity concerns

Ben Gould of the Illinois Public Health Institute outlines a potential state tax on sugary drinks with EVA members at Happy Village.

East Village Association membership meeting
June 5, 2017
The Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Food for thought was served al fresco from the Happy Village patio Monday. The menu included servings from a local restaurateur, a health-policy organizer and a public-safety volunteer.

The first course for EVA members was an introduction to chef Laurel Khan, owner of Curious, a Chef's Playground. The former chef at fine dining resturant Tru returned to Chicago from Chehalis, Washington, to serve for the past three months at 2020 W. Chicago Ave. The neighborhood's reputation drew Khan to bring her whimisical approach to comfort food here. Curious is an intimate space for 40 diners, open for now Tuesday through Sunday, and BYOB—though Khan says has plans for a creative wine list.

The main dish was served by Ben Gould, community organizing manager for the Illinois Public Health Institute, with details on a proposal to tax sugary drinks.

The Healthy Eating Active Living Act would tax beverage distributors at 1 cent per ounce. A Cook County penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages takes effect next month.

Some EVA members argued these are stiff taxes, but Gould says they're meant to discourage consumption, which happened after taxes were levied in Berkeley, California, and in Mexico City. A state tax could fund $500 million in obesity treatment under Medicaid and $50 million in community health improvement programs.

Seventy organizations have endorsed the HEAL Act. Gould said the Illinois bill was crowded out of budget negotiations and likely would re-emerge next year.