An Indian restaurant in Palatine that was accused of not taking precautions to prevent illegal drug sales on the premises and allowing another restaurant to operate in its building without a license has formally ended its operation in the village.
Village council members this week approved an ordinance to reduce by one the number of Class D liquor licenses as a result of the closure of India Bhawan at 1280 E. Dundee Road. That license classification, which cost $3,477 this year, allows alcohol sales for consumption only inside a restaurant during certain hours seven days a week.
"This just finalizes it for our code," Deputy Village Manager Michael Jacobs said of the council's action.
Under an agreed order entered into with the village in November, the 2-year-old restaurant was required to shutter by Dec. 31 and return its liquor license instead of proceeding with a hearing on potential sanctions.
Palatine officials ordered the restaurant closed for a week in May as a result of code violations. Village police reports from July say a confidential informant called attention to alleged cocaine dealing and after-hours alcohol sales at the unlicensed Mexican restaurant.