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UPDATED: Palatine Restaurant in Jeopardy of Losing Business License Amid Allegations of Drug Activities

A hearing will be held Friday, February 8 regarding the alleged sale of drugs on the premises and failure of employees serving alcohol to have proper certifications at Restaurant La Presa.

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29 at 3:40 p.m.

The Village of Palatine announced that lawyers for Restaurant La Presa have asked for a continuance in the hearing to decided whether or not the business will lose its license, or if penalties or sanctions will be imposed.

The new hearing date is Friday, February 8 at 2 p.m. in the Village Council Chambers at Palatine Community Center, 200 E.Wood Street. 

Earlier: 

The business license for Restaurant La Presa, 319 S. Rohlwing Road, will be formally reviewed Wednesday at village hall to determine if the restaurant will lose its license due to illegal activities alleged to have occurred on premises.

Those activities, according to a hearing notice provided to Palatine Patch by the Village of Palatine are the, “sale of drugs on the premises, causing a nuisance or danger to public health, safety or welfare," and, "failure of liquor-serving employees to have property BASSET certification.”

BASSET certification stands for Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training, and is required by village code as well as the state of Illinois for establishments that serve liquor.

Village Manager Reid Ottesen will preside over the hearing, and possible outcomes could include penalties, sanctions or complete revocation of Restaurant La Presa’s business license.

The hearing is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Village Council Chambers at Palatine Community Center, 200 E.Wood Street. 

upton January 30, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I'm not surprised about the allegations one bit. That said give Pancho's at Golf and Higgins a try. Great food, good prices, employees seem decent. I know its not in Palatine but I'm never disapointed.
Chicago Food Guy January 30, 2013 at 08:25 PM
If you want authentic Mexican food, I suggest Angel's on Smith and Dundee. Very good food there. I've been to nearly all of the restaurants in Palatine, and this is my favorite.
Joemama January 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I'll try it Mr. Upton still looking for anything better than what's in town now.
Neal January 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Thanks for the advice, Actaully I have been to Angels for pick up, twice, and not impressed whatsoever. I just want a good burrito or chimichanga, good rice and beans and please know how to make true pork tacos, seasoned with just onions and cilantro. El Angel failed on all these. As did El Torero, El Torero doesn't even serve pork tacos.
Leonard Munson February 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Unfortunately, the owners can be very hardworking and diligent in making their business successful. If you don't do background investigations and pre-employment drug screening then follow-up with Random testing on your employees you are asking for things like this to happen. Classic example I use all the time as a Mobile Drug and Alcohol testing company and the response I usually get from the owner is "they are family or I don't have a problem I keep a close eye on them" Employees even family take advantage and it only takes one successful by chance sell in your workplace and it becomes a habit which unfortunately if proven could cost them their business. USA Mobile Drug Testing of Chicago NW Suburbs Leonard

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