C4C, 28th Ward Jason Ervin and the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development supported community area resident Mike Sharma in his application for a special use to establish a craft beer and premium wine and spirits store at 1455 W. Taylor Street before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on the matter last week. The ZBA is a body of professionals with extensive restaurant and government experience and they unanimously approved the use: ZBA_November_2013_Agenda_Votes.
Alderman Ervin’s letter of support to the ZBA contained conditions about hours of operation, signage, product mix and other sensible conditions. C4C also requested that Mr. Sharma’s attorney provide a letter of sensible store conditions on behalf of Mr. Sharma to Alderman Ervin. Mr. Sharma has owned a successful craft beer and premium wine and spirits store for four years in Rosemont. His management team will continue to run his Rosemont store and he will run his new Taylor Street store.
While another community organization played upon the worst stereotypes of Asian Indian business owners and fears based upon much different stores that sold cheap alcohol on Taylor Street many years ago and opposed Mr. Sharma and imposed costly delays on his opening, C4C believes it important to welcome responsible business owners to our community and to support them in their endeavors to be successful, responsible merchants.
Mr. Sharma has an undergraduate degree in business administration from DePaul University and his wife, Akata, is employed as an occupational therapist at Rush University Medical Center and graduated with an undergraduate degree from UIC. They have two children.