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Logan Square Night Club Granero Cited By City For Holding Shows Without Proper License

The owner said she's thinking about getting a license, but she's not sure she wants one: "There are quite a few rules and regulations that I need to have [a] full understanding of including the ramifications that come with holding this particular license."

Granero at 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square night club Granero is facing disciplinary action from the city, which cited it for putting on live shows without a required public place of amusement license.

The city first cited the night club on the second floor of 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave. in December of 2018 for hosting DJ nights without a PPA license, according to a spokesman for the city’s department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and Paul Sajovec, chief of staff for Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), whose ward includes the club.

Granero has been to court once since the citation was issued. Its next court date is Sept. 3, the city spokesman said.

The night club could get hit with fines or even get its business license suspended or revoked depending on the outcome of the court hearings, according to the spokesman.

In an email, owner Nita Godinez said she’s thinking about applying for a PPA license, but she’s not sure she wants one. Godinez could not be reached via phone for further comment.

“I am still doing my due diligence on the PPA license and I have not fully decided on moving forward with the application,” Godinez said by email.

“There are quite a few rules and regulations that I need to have [a] full understanding of including the ramifications that come with holding this particular license.”

When asked about the court hearings, Godinez replied: “You seem to have some type of vendetta against my place of business and I would like to know why? I am a single Hispanic mother who is just trying to run a successful business in the Logan Square area where people and families can come have good food and fun.”

Godinez then deferred further questions to her lawyer Ashley Brandt, who didn’t immediately return a message Wednesday evening.

In Chicago, a public place of amusement license is required of all venues with a capacity of 100 people or more that are producing, presenting or conducting any type of entertainment or amusement, according to the city. The PPA license is required regardless of admission fees.

Godinez inquired about a PPA license in May of 2018, but never submitted an application, according to the city spokesman. The license fees range from $770 – $13,200, depending on the venue’s capacity.

“We will be following up to make sure they are not doing any activity outside their license,” the spokesman said.

Granero currently holds a retail food license and an incidental liquor license, the spokesman said.

Granero took over the second floor bar formerly occupied by Suite 25 in 2018. The night club is known, not just for its packed crowds and bottle service, but also for its wings and tacos.

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