Barn to serve liquor on select days, Qdoba does not renew

By Andrew Schlesser

The Barn, 1215 Blackhawk Road, and Qdoba, 2383 Sycamore Road, did not get their liquor licenses renewed at Wednesday’s emergency liquor commission hearing.

The owner of Qdoba chose not to renew the license because the restaurant does not sell enough alcohol to cover the costs of insurance and license fees, said DeKalb City Clerk Donna Johnson.

Qdoba’s atmosphere is family oriented and does fine without liquor revenues, she said.

Mayor Frank Van Buer, who serves as DeKalb’s liquor commissioner, granted The Barn a two week continuance to negotiate with the owner of the property for a lease renewal or purchase, Johnson said.

The Barn failed to meet qualifications for the renewal of its Class E liquor license. It did not have a valid lease for the period from Sept. 1, 2005 through Aug. 31, 2006.

“If The Barn resolves the issue one way or another, they will let us know before the next hearing,” Johnson said. “But another hearing is necessary even if they renew or buy.”

The property owners confirmed they had been contacted about the negotiations, Johnson said.

“During this two week extension The Barn is still not allowed to sell liquor,” Johnson said. “However, their restaurant can still be a restaurant.”

The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the city municipal building, 200 S. Fourth St.