Kouri's wants outdoor dining, drinking area

Holly Richrath

Patrons of a Germantown Hills dining establishment may soon be able to enjoy a meal complete with an alcoholic beverage outside.

The Germantown Hills Village Board unanimously voted Thursday to amend the village’s liquor ordinance, allowing for the sale and consumption of alcohol on outdoor patio dining areas.

Dennis Couri, of Kouri’s Grille and Bar said he applied for the Class G license Friday. The establishment currently holds a Class C license.

Couri said his goal is to have a patio area open for customers sometime in the spring.

“This is not going to be going for a while,” Couri said. “It’ll probably be January or February before we really start working on this.”

If the application is approved, Couri said they still have to finance it, plan it and then the plans must be approved.

Kouri’s does not currently have a patio area.

“We could have a patio without their permission, but we couldn’t serve alcohol,” Couri said. “We’re doing it to increase revenue. I think it’s the right direction. People like to enjoy themselves, sit outside, enjoy the sunshine and have a sandwich and a drink. This town needs this.”

While many residents of neighboring Elizabeth Pointe subdivision have voiced concerns regarding the noise an outdoor patio would create at past meetings, nobody spoke up Thursday.

Couri said he does not believe noise will be an issue.

Couri said he while there will be “conversational music,” from a stereo with volume controlled by a governor, there will not be live bands on the patio.

“I want this to be a win-win for everybody,” he said. “I want this to be positive for the community and for us.”

In other business, the board:

• approved two projects to be sent into the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. One would allow officials to continue the sidewalk from Hannah Drive to Wildflower Avenue on Fandel Road.

The other would connect Old Germantown Road with access to Germantown Hills Middle School on Timberland Road along Route 116.

“We’re just trying to keep the kids off the highway,” said village clerk Ann Sasso.

• adopted an ordinance which authorizes the superintendent of public works to post construction zone speed limit and fines.

“This gives the superintendent the authorization to properly mark construction zones, which would enable Woodford County to enforce it,” Sasso said.