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St. Charles Police Target the Alibi

Free drinks offer draws ire of other downtown bars feeling City Council pressure. Liquor license holder cited with two violations.

It would appear that at least a few downtown St. Charles liquor license holders have taken to heart the City Council’s proposed crackdown on over serving alcohol and a proliferation of drunken brawls in recent months.

Saturday, one downtown bar owner told police he and another bar manager had received information from their customers that the Alibi, 12 N. 3rd St., was serving free drinks form commercial purposes and was even advertising it, both of which are prohibited by the state liquor code, according to police.

Police issued one citation on each of the charges to Richard A. Simpson Jr., 33, of Downers Grove, who told officers he was the holder of the Alibi’s liquor license.

According to a police report on the incident, officers were alerted to the free drinks by Jeremy Casiello, owner of Alley 64 Bar & Grill, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"alley-64"} -->, 212 W. Main St. Police also spoke with Mike Davis, manager of

Lois Lane September 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I don't recognize the photo that accompanies this article??? Am I looking at a photo of the Alibi in St. Charles?
Ted Schnell (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
This was a glitch in our system and I failed to realize the issue until it was called to me attention this morning.
Lois Lane September 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thank goodness! I couldn't imagine that StC would ever approve such an awful sign like that. And is the business next door an adult bookstore? Yowzer! Why in the world would Mr. Simpson think he could give away drinks for free? Does he want to lose his license? Next maybe he can try doing a happy hour and see where that gets him. I like the Alibi, I think they've done a very nice job rehabbing the building and using quality materials. The bar is comfortable and everything I've had to eat has been quite good. I want this place to succeed I just wish they would quit shooting themselves in the foot.
Lois Lane September 19, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I sure hope Mr. Simpson brings industrial strength knee pads with him when he has his hearing before Mayor DeWitt! That's gonna take some major groveling, begging and ring kissing. Glad it's not me! Shudder,,,,,

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