Tax business cited for violating COVID-19 restrictions with illegal club, River North restaurant charged for overcapacity

Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
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A South Side tax preparation business has been cited for violating COVID-19 regulations by allegedly operating an illegal club that featured a DJ, dancers and cover charge where guests did not practice social distancing or wear face coverings, city officials said.

Loves Tax LLC (10305 S. Martin Luther King Drive) was also cited for operating a club without the proper licenses, allowing indoor smoking and interfering with the investigation by refusing to answer questions, according to the city’s office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

The club had 26 patrons when BACP investigators arrived, the agency said, including what appeared to be hired dancers. The club was issued a cease and desist order, but Loves Tax can continue to operate as a tax preparation business, a BACP spokesman said.

BACP investigators also cited Miki’s Park (109 W. Hubbard St.) which describes itself as “a Korean-inspired bar concept located in the heart of River North,” for allegedly hosting 50 people eating and drinking without social distancing or face coverings and for operating after curfew.

Due to current regulations, Miki’s Park is limited to 19 indoor customers, which is 25% of its capacity of 75 people, BACP said. The agency also said the restaurant was operating at 1:35 a.m. Under current COVID-19 regulations, bars and restaurants are required to close at 11 p.m.

Miki’s Park was cited for violating COVID-19 regulations and for interfering with the investigation by refusing to answer questions.

Both businesses were cited during a weekend sweep in which BACP conducted 71 investigations. No other businesses were cited. The agency has conducted 173 investigations since limited indoor dining resumed Jan. 23, citing a total of three businesses.

In addition to closures, restaurants and bars found in violation of COVID-19 restrictions face fines ranging from $100 to $500 for each instance of breaking an order set by the city Health Department and $2,000 to $10,000 for violating a BACP order. The fines are set at city administrative hearings after businesses are cited.