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Scratch to Get Liquor License: New Business

Forest Park's newest restaurant Scratch Kitchen and Lounge will get a liquor license after all.

Scratch Kitchen and Lounge will get its liquor license after all.

Commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 15 that the new restaurant, located at 7445 Madison St., will get a Class A liquor license so it can open a bar and serve mixed drinks.

Approval did not make it on the first go-around because a motion to vote on the matter died for a lack of a second.

The establishment cannot earn more than 50 percent of its gross annual sales from the sale of alcohol.

Scratch serves up house-made items such as manicotti, grinds all of its burger meat in house and serves them on house-made pretzel buns. They even   house-brine their pickles and make their own ketchup and mustard.

Getting the liquor license comes at a good time. The restaurant opened  Saturday and there's a hope that having a bar will boost business. Liquor could be sold as early as this weekend if not sooner, said Robert Belanski, Scratch Kitchen's chef.

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