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Public hearing continues on adding bar to Glidden Crossing

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 10:55 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb City Council members will continue discussion today on changing Glidden Crossing's annexation agreement to allow a proposed bistro, bar and video gambling operation there.

The proposed Penny's is billed as a casual eatery with a bistro-style menu that would include items such as wraps and paninis. Blackhawk Restaurant Group LLC, represented by Mike Thiessen, will present plans for the restaurant proposed for the 2,000-square-foot storefront near Goodwill at Monday's meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

He reported at the Nov. 25 public hearing that a similar restaurant is planned for 2694 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, in the Hy-Vee shopping center. A sign in the window provides a website and phone number to apply for employment at that location.

The Glidden Crossing shopping center, 975 Annie Glidden Road, south of the intersection of Annie Glidden and Malta roads, is anchored by Schnucks.

The annexation agreement the council approved for the shopping center in 2006 prohibits bars or taverns from operating there. Rockford attorney Aaron Szeto has submitted an application to amend the agreement to strike the prohibition.

The shopping center backs up the the Overlook Pointe residential subdivision.

At the council's request, city staff mailed notices of the public hearing to all residents within 500 feet of Glidden Crossing.

Derek Hiland, the city's principal planner, previously said the city would receive additional restaurant and bar tax revenue if the business opens. He said gaming terminals could generate another $2,000 revenue monthly for the city.

Hiland said he would recommend approving the change to the annexation agreement. If the change is approved, the tenant would have to apply for liquor and gaming licenses.

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