TC Pub owner contrite after OL fines him $1,250 for violations

  • Written by Bob Rakow

The owner of an Oak Lawn tavern has agreed with the village on a series of modifications designed to prevent underage drinking and other illegal conduct at the bar.

Robert Olson, owner of TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave., was fined $250 for being open after hours on Dec. 13 and $1,000 because cocaine was found in the office of the establishment when police responded to a disturbance at the bar that night.

“I’m sorry for everything that happened,” Olson told Mayor Sandra Bury at Monday’s liquor commission hearing. Bury serves as the village’s liquor commissioner.

The agreement calls on Olson to enforce an employee code of conduct as well as a drug-free workplace policy. Additionally, he agreed to hire security to be at the bar from 8 p.m. until close on Fridays, Saturdays and other nights that a large is expected. An off-duty police officer is one of the two security personnel hired by Olson, he said.

The agreement requires employees to complete the state’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program.

“I took (what happened) very seriously. It was my dad’s. It’s mine now,” said Olson, who said he now spends about 40 hours a week at the bar in addition to his work as an attorney.

“We don’t want anyone underage,” said Olson, who added that employees have been told to check the identification of anyone who appears under 30 years old.

Olson said the agreement was reached after a meeting with Bury and village staff.

“I put together a plan prior to coming in, and the mayor pretty much told me what she wanted, and whatever the mayor wanted we put in.”

The code of conduct states that the bar’s last call will be at 1:30 a.m., and customers must leave by 2 a.m. Employees must leave by 3 a.m.

“We really want everyone out of there by 2 o’clock. That gives our employees time to clean up,” Olson said.

Employees may not consume alcohol after the bar closes. Friends and customers are not allowed on the premises after close, according to agreement.

Olson said the bar’s alarm monitoring system will notify Olson and police if it is activated. They also will be notified if the alarm is not set by 3 a.m., he said. Olson also agreed to allow police to enter the bar after hours. The alarm system includes motion detectors.

He also agreed to provide to the village the name of the establishment’s manager, who will be subject to a background check. The names of employees along with dates of birth and hire also be furnished to the village, according to the agreement.

Police entered TC Pub Dec. 13 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 he does not know who’s responsible for the incident, which occurred at 3:38 a.m.

He said that he had hired Dan Brueck of Oak Lawn to promote the bar and attract clientele. Brueck was let go after the incident.