Thursday, March 10, 2016

Week Night Appy Hour

by Ryan Anderes

Happy hour was reinstated throughout the state of Illinois in July of last year. Along with the reinstatement came a new long list of rules and regulations that an establishment must follow in order to have a Happy Hour.

Also, with reinstatement came new state requirements to pass the BASSET Training which will require all on-premise alcohol servers to have passed. LaSalle County will be required to pass by July 17th, 2017. Aye, Yai, Yai.

This state can suck the fun right out of anything, while diving into your pocket book, too!  And they certainly succeeded with their new happy hour laws. At some point, you just look at all the regulations for happy hour to offer "no more than 15 hours of discounted liquor per week," and you walk away asking yourself if it's even worth it.

At the end of a long day, we do think that working folks want to have a place to gather, so we started to throw around ideas to reinstate Happy Hour here. There is so much we could do, but how do you promote it and how do you choose what to do? There were more questions than answers.

So we settled on Appy Hour. We won't discount alcohol, but we will discount any appetizer you order at the bar OR in the lounge. That's right, Monday-Friday from 4pm to 6pm, any appetizer that is ordered at the bar or in the lounge will be served at half price.

Our hope is to turn the bar area into an after-work gathering place where you can unwind from the long work day with some snacks, and perhaps a beverage or two.

We will begin Appy Hour at the Uptown on Monday, March 14th with our full list of appetizers discounted at half price. We hope to see you then!

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