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February 23, 2004
Crain's Chicago Business
Liquor license delays parch restaurants
City demands more data than most
By Kevin Davis

Chicago's liquor license application process is considered one of the toughest in the nation. Magnolia Cafe's owner Kasra Medhat describes his experience with the city's lengthy, unpredictable and often frustrating application process.

"The process is really tedious," says Mr. Medhat. "I had to show them all kinds of history, my finances, my work history. My mother loaned me money and they wanted my mother's fingerprints."

Delays in landing a license force some restaurants to open without the right to sell liquor, meaning the they take a financial hit when they can least afford it. Mr. Medhat got his license in about two months, and in time for the opening of his restaurant two years ago.

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