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Gnarly J's Struggles to Land Liquor License, Fears Closing

The Downers Grove indoor sand-volleyball facility is having trouble acquiring the liquor license that it says it needs to stay afloat.

Downers Grove indoor sand-volleyball center Gnarly J's has run into a major roadblock in its effort to secure a liquor license, without which owners say they may have to leave the property by July, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to the paper, the Village Council removed several categories of liquor permits from the books in September 2012, which has left Gnarly J's without a viable option for acquiring a license without a lengthy alternate application and petition progress.

"You're going to have to show us a full-blown, trigger-pulled scenario, because we can't define an ordinance for you if we don't know what you are," the paper quoted Liquor Commission chair Alice Strelau telling the owners. "You're going to have to show us what you want to be, how you're going to get there and how you get the funding to make it happen."

But owners said that the terms of their lease will force them to vacate if they don't have the license by July, the paper said.

Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune website.

Chris Hancock March 12, 2013 at 09:04 PM
As an indoor sand volleyball player, I have a vested interest in this facility being successful. I hope the village is able to work with them to help them get the liquor license they need.
Richard Salazar March 13, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Thus place is exactly what downers grove needs th e volleyball courts are top notch the owners care about there customers would be a shame to lose it .
Ashley Gorgol Rodriguez March 13, 2013 at 01:32 AM
This place is amazing! Exactly what downers grove needs! Something new, out of the ordinary! Please! Help Gnarly J's stay afloat!
Jeffrey Birkner March 13, 2013 at 03:15 AM
This place is great. It offers a unique experience. It would be dissapointing to see it shut down. I hope the villiage is doing everything they can to help work things out.
Darren McRoy March 13, 2013 at 03:33 AM
I'm also a volleyball player myself, and I just learned about this place when writing this blurb. I too hope it stays afloat. It would give me a wonderful way to keep playing in this Chicago winters!!
ementi coary March 13, 2013 at 07:47 PM
this place is awesome!!! it's very clean and looks like it would be a great place to hang out once they get all the toys in there. Downers Grove you can use this place!!!!

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