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McHenry City Council to consider car wash, detail center liquor license request

Fast Eddie’s again is seeking to add drinks, gambling to business

The McHenry City Council will meet Monday to consider a liquor license request from a car wash and detailing center.

Fast Eddie’s Full Service Car Wash and Detail Center, 2150 N. Richmond Road, is seeking a full bar liquor license for the facility. Owners Kim and Joe Doherty want to add video gambling as well if the liquor license is approved, according to city documents.

Under a newly established ordinance, the City Council can consider approval of the gaming piece of the plan separate from the liquor license, according to city documents.

Clients can wait anywhere between 20 minutes and four hours for their vehicle services to be completed, according to city documents.

“It is vital that we continue to give people a reason to come inside and choose a car wash where you need to exit your vehicle,” the Dohertys wrote in a letter to the council.

The owners plan to serve wine only, with a maximum of two drinks a customer, according to city documents.

“Many of our clients have expressed the desire to be able to game as they wait for their vehicles to be washed or detailed,” the Dohertys wrote. “As successful business owners, we know how important it is to listen to our customers.”

The owners said they wouldn’t put advertisements for gaming on the storefront or road and alcohol would be confined to the gaming area only, according to city documents.

“We realize gaming is not for everyone,” The Dohertys wrote. “Our plan allows for it to be accessible for those who would like to partake, but not bothersome for those who choose not to.”

The Doherty family made a similar request in 2018, but the matter never went before the council.

The business might not be eligible for a full bar license because it doesn’t provide alcohol or food as a core part of its business, City Administrator Derik Morefield wrote in a memo to the council.

McHenry Municipal Code states that a “full bar” can be a standalone component of a business which primarily operates to serve alcohol or an added component to a restaurant which provides tabled food service and alcohol services as core components of the business, according to city documents.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 333 S. Green St.

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