The owner of UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills, which was vandalized last week with hate messages, said the village ordered his business to stop hosting entertainment events.
Corinna Sac said she received a letter Friday following a meeting with the Village of Lake in the Hills. The letter ordered Sac’s company to stop hosting entertainment events, saying UpRising was not zoned for them.
The village said it would pursue “appropriate enforcement action” if the company continued to hold events.
The letter said violations of municipal code and zoning ordinances could be issued against Sac and its landlord. The village also said it could suspend or revoke business licenses.
“We’ve been doing events pretty much since the day we opened. From live music, or paint and sip, to cookie-making and cake-decorating classes,” Sac said.
“It’s critical for UpRising to be able to run these events. It’s what bridges the gap in our daily sales to make sure we can pay our rent, pay our taxes, and pay our employees,” Sac said.
Sac said she felt it was “discrimination and a conspiracy to interfere with my business.”
In a lengthy statement provided to ABC7 Chicago, the Village of Lake in the Hills said, “This issue involves a business that is conducting activities that it was never licensed to conduct. Although the potential revenue from these events of entertainment may be attractive to the business owner, the Village seeks to comply with its zoning regulations.”
The village said in the statement that it has received complaints from the owner and tenants of Cedar Ridge Plaza, as well as neighboring residences, regarding loss of business, parking, safety issues and zoning violations, following company events.
“Ms. Sac said she now views the potential revenue from these entertainment events as essential to her business. She has made it clear that her intention is to continue to provide entertainment on a more frequent and extended basis. Her recognition of this change in its business model, asked the Village to consider zoning issues, as operating an entertainment business is not a permitted use in this location,” the Village statement read.
UpRising suffered extensive damage early in the morning of July 23.
Officers found smashed windows and spray-painted hate messages on the building.
Lake in the Hills officers, along with Algonquin Police Sgt., arrested 24-year-old Joseph I. Collins from the 11700 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in Alsip.
Collins was charged with hate crime, a Class 4 felony, and criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony.
UpRising was to hold a family drag show later that same day. Sac canceled the event due to the incident.
Sac said his company started receiving threats in person and online earlier this month after it announced it was hosting the drag show children were invited to attend.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department said in a statement at the time that their priority was “everyone’s safety and constitutional rights.”
“The Police Department is discouraged that this has happened in our village, stay true to our commitment to public safety and have zero tolerance for crimes against all members of our community,” the department said.
A GoFundMe account opened by an UpRising client raised nearly $15,000 for the establishment following the vandalism.
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