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Monday, May 5, 2008

Lake Geneva picks two for liquor licenses

By Kayla Bunge/The Janesville Gazette

Two businesses came out winners Monday night in Lake Geneva's liquor license sweepstakes.

Five businesses had submitted applications but only two licenses were available.

After interviewing all five applicants Monday night, the city council approved, 6-2, the issue of a Class B liquor and fermented malt beverage license to Medusa Grill & Bistro, 501 Broad St., and 5-3, the issue of a second Class B liquor and fermented malt beverage license to Golden Oaks Mansion, 421 Baker St.

The licenses became available in March after the city revoked the license formerly held by Hillmoor Golf Course and Applebee's surrendered the license it formerly held. According to city code, any license issued and not used for 90 consecutive days is subject to review and possible revocation.

Medusa will receive the license formerly held by Applebee's. Golden Oaks will receive the license formerly held by Hillmoor, but on a conditional basis.

Hillmoor could appeal the revocation of its license. If the revocation were to be reversed, Golden Oaks would have to surrender the license to Hillmoor.

Medusa Grill & Bistro and Golden Oaks Mansion were among five applicants for the available licenses.

Anagnos, who opened Medusa in 2005, plans to offer high-end cocktails and tapas in a comfortable lounge setting at the back of the restaurant. The restaurant also would be open until 1 a.m.

"After 10 o'clock, people are snacking and cocktailing," he said.

Anagnos said the addition of liquor would generate about $1.2 million in annual sales.

Nancy Golden Waspi Bell, who bought Golden Oaks in 2002, plans to offer cocktails, tapas and gourmet desserts in a comfortable lounge setting. Liquor also would be available for people who rent the mansion for weddings, anniversaries and private parties.

"It's not just a shot and a beer joint," she said.

Bell said the addition of liquor would provide her another source of revenue, because she no longer would have to rely on caterers to provide liquor at special events.

The other three applicants were RT Holdings of Southern Wisconsin, doing business as Ruby Tuesday, to be built in the outlot of Target, 660 Edwards Blvd.; Olive Martinis, to be opened at 220 Cook St.; and Pop More Corks, 617 W. Main St.

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