The owner of an Oak Lawn bar said he’s “totally embarrassed” by a Dec. 13 incident at his establishment that involved drugs and a violation of his liquor license.
Robert Olson, owner of TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave., said he does not know who’s responsible for the incident, which occurred at 3:38 a.m.
Olson appeared Monday morning before the Oak Lawn Liquor Commission, but the hearing was continued until Jan. 6 at 11 a.m.
Police entered TC Pub after spotting a fight and hearing loud conversation, according to reports. The bar has a 2 a.m. liquor license, but at least one person in the bar was drinking when police arrived. A bar patron was intoxicated and uncooperative with police, they said. Police also found a bag of cocaine in the office, according to reports.
Olson said after the hearing that he had hired Dan Brueck of Oak Lawn to promote the bar and attract clientele. Olson took over control of the bar from his father, who owned it for many years. He is working to open another bar on Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn.
“Dan had permission to say he was an owner,” said Olson, who severed his relationship with Brucek after the incident.
Olson said he has “put together a plan” to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. He said he would share that plan with village officials before the January hearing, which is scheduled for 11 a.m.
He said the bar’s alarm system, which includes motion sensors, will notify him and police if it is triggered after 3 a.m., one hour after the tavern closes. Employees should have cleaned up and closed the facility by that time, he said.
Olson was one of two bar owners scheduled to appear at Monday’s liquor commission hearing, chaired by Mayor Sandra Bury. The hearing was the first one held in several years, she said.
John Cerniuk, owner of George’s Lounge, 5407 W. 95th St., did not appear at a 10 a.m. hearing concerning underage drinking that occurred at his bar on Nov. 9.
“Not showing up is not good,” Bury said.
Additionally, George’s did not have a valid liquor license posted when police arrived and began checking IDs. An expired liquor license was posted in the tavern, said police, who could not find a valid license in the state’s database.
The ID check revealed four underage patrons, one who had a fake ID, police said. The four were charged with underage drinking.
Cerniuk denied that the four individuals were drinking at his bar, according to police reports.
The mayor said she will issue a ruling on the George’s complaint within five days. She can levy fines up to $1,000 per offense and suspend a liquor license up to 30 days. She also can revoke a liquor license.
Bar owners can appeal her decisions within 20 days to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.