Hoffman Estates renews contract for beer garden despite unpaid fees

  • Hoffman Estates officials have approved another two-year contract for the German Beer Garden that debuted on the Village Green in 2015, but with a provision for two further one-year extensions.

    Hoffman Estates officials have approved another two-year contract for the German Beer Garden that debuted on the Village Green in 2015, but with a provision for two further one-year extensions. Courtesy of village of Hoffman Estates, 2015

 
 
Posted4/3/2018 5:30 AM

Hoffman Estates officials Monday approved a two-year contract with two optional one-year extensions for the German Beer Garden on the Village Green, despite the business still owing the village $10,638 in fees from last year.

The beer garden operated by Dasbiergarten LLC has generally been considered a popular and successful amenity for the Village Green, where Hoffman Estates' summer concerts are held, for the past three years.

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Village officials consider the unpaid fees at the end of the last two years to be the result of a seasonal business's cash flow issues once it shuts down for the winter -- but something business owner Andrew Hartman intends to make up soon after reopening in mid-April.

Hartman has asked the village to draw on his $6,611 in deposits on file, while putting up the business' equipment as collateral for the rest he owes.

He also agreed to pay the village the remaining balance of $4,027.30 by May 1, and then replenish the required deposits by June 15.

Hoffman Estates officials credit the Beer Garden at 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway with attracting new patrons to the 59/90 Entertainment District and providing a gathering place for both village residents and employees of the Prairie Stone Business Park without risking a penny of the village's own money.

"He had a good year," Hoffman Estates Economic Developer Kevin Kramer said of Hartman's operations last summer. "His sales grew."

Another change to the new contract is that the beer garden will pay a flat monthly fee rather than a commission-based fee. While this is expected to be easier for the business without significantly changing the amount owed the village, it won't necessarily avoid the end-of-season cash flow problem, Kramer said.

Hartman was unavailable for comment after the village board's unanimous approval of the contract Monday night.

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