Clipped From Galesburg Register-Mail
License fate uncertain By CHARLES ABBOTT (Staff Writer) Mayor Robert Kimble said Sunday the liquor license of the owner of the Hotel Custer, Benny Amato, won't be renewed because Amato has been convicted of a felony. City attorneys today were considering an application for a liquor license by Edna Blakewell, 74 W. North St., for the Three Crown Room, the bar in Amato's hotel. A real estate broker, Blakewell said this morning she "helps out" at the hotel. Amato, who applied for renewal of his permit, could not be reached this morning for comment. "The application has been declined/' Kimble said yesterday. "Thursday afternoon the city attorney handed back the application informing me that it was not in compliance with the ordinance." Kimble said Amato's conviction was the cause of the denial. Amato's application is the only rejection so far this year, he said. Liquor licenses expired April 30, the end of the licenses year for the 66 holders of permits to sell alcohol in Galesburg. Some renewals have been issued and some applications are being reviewed. City Clerk Olga Nelson said this morning Blakewell's application was sent to city attorneys on Friday for review. When she applied for the permit, Blakewell reportedly carried a statement signed by Amato saying he would lease the bar to her. "The application went in the latter part, of last week," Blakewell said today. "There's no reason it shouldn't be granted." Blakewell said she "helps out" at the hotel. "Let's leave it at that," she said. A Galesburg realtor who also applied for the liquor license for the hotel today said he had considered buying the hotel but has dropped the plans so he no longer wants the license. Amato pleaded guilty earlier this year to theft over $150 on charges of buying some guns stolen from a Galesburg gun shop. * He's serving a three-year probation period now.