Who let the dogs in?

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Board of Trustees, that's who.

The village board voted unanimously at the Monday, July 30 meeting to allow dogs back into Beer Shop, a beer and wine bar at 1026 North Blvd.

The village ordered Beer Shop to stop allowing dogs in the bar earlier this year after a patron complained, and the doggie ban prompted a series of public meetings with the Oak Park Board of Health, which concluded that the village should allow establishments with a Class D-16 liquor license to have dogs in the establishment.

That's an important distinction because Beer Shop happens to be the only establishment in the village with such a license (Class D as in dog?).  

The whole thing is just a formality, really, because Beer Shop has been letting dogs in the bar for the last several months despite the village's order. Yes, Beer Shop, we saw what you did there.

Beer Shop owner Anthony Compaglia was elated with the decision, writing on Facebook: "Similar to when the Cubs won the World Series, we probably won't stop celebrating for quite some time. Stay tuned for info on a puppy-friendly celebratory bash this September."

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Jay Hoppie  

Posted: August 12th, 2018 11:58 AM

Gary, the village ordinance that defines the rules is posted at Beer Shop and I'm sure can be viewed by contacting the village itself.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 1st, 2018 8:58 PM

Will the dogs look better closer to closing?

Gary Sullivan from River Forest Manor  

Posted: August 1st, 2018 7:06 PM

Will the dogs need to have their rabies tag attached to enter the establishment. Do dog owners in Oak Park need to register them thus paying a fee? If an officer notices an untagged dog in the establishment will he/she issue a citation to the dog owner. If the dog's age in dog years is 21 and the person with the dog is not 21 in human years will the dog be busted for bringing a minor into the establishment. These need to be answered at the next village bored meeting in open session.

Katie Ertl Korrison  

Posted: August 1st, 2018 7:00 PM

Do owners need to accompany their dogs? I've got a very angry, very old schnauzer I wouldn't mind dropping off for a bit.

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