By Jeremy Aitken
For the NewsTribune
OTTAWA — Within days of the city lifting a ban on alcohol sales in south Ottawa, a handful of businesses are eager to start selling adult beverages.
Ottawa City Clerk Shelly Munks says Kroger, Sav-A-Lot along with the Shell and BP stations south of the Illinois River have applied for licenses to sell liquor.
Mayor Bob Eschbach, who is also Ottawa’s liquor commissioner, must approve the licenses and the state also has to sign off on paperwork.
Ottawa City Council two weeks ago ended a ban on south side liquor sales that was in place since World War II. Restaurants also can ask to start serving alcohol, but they need to still have the majority of their profits made from selling food.
Jeremy Aitken is a reporter for AM-1220 and FM-103.9 WLPO.