After Fine and Fix-Up, Always Open Open
The convenience store the mayor called the worst in town has been brought up to code, Tinley Park's mayor said.
After paying a $750 fine and passing a health inspection, the Always Open convenience store at Oak Park Avenue and 183rd Street is again open after selling liquor to minors and past health code violations, Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said.
The store had its liquor license revoked early last month and inspectors found health code violations including eggs kept at 61 degrees, Zabrocki said. But owner Dean Casper, who is also school board president of District 146, has paid a $750 fine and brought the store up to code, the mayor said.
"He also cleaned up his act as far as the health inspector is concerned," Zabrocki said.
The fire department and health inspector both had to sign off before the store re-opened.
On March 6, an employee of the store sold alcohol to two people under 21 according to a letter dated March 17 to owner Dean Casper from the village's lawyer. In response, the store's liquor license was suspended for the dates of April 1 through 3.
But according to a police report, the store was caught selling two bottles of wine on the very first day of the suspension, despite a "No Alcohol Sales" sign on the counter.
Sabja Mashni, 46, of the 7700 block of 162nd Place in Tinley Park, was charged with liquor violation.
The village also sent health inspectors to the store. They found violations including outdated food including Oscar Mayer bologna, a broken freezer door and coolers well above the temperatures they should be.