What Clients Say

Francis Got Our Package Goods Liquor License for a 32,000 Square Foot Supermarket

“My boss, Stan Urbaniak, hired Francis to get a liquor license for Montrose Deli. It’s a 32,000 square foot supermarket on the Northwest side of Chicago.

 He hired him because we had a big problem. In a nutshell, there was a liquor license moratorium at our address – which meant nobody could get a liquor license on our block.

But, Francis figured out a way to get the liquor license moratorium overturned. He worked with our Alderman to get the moratorium lifted, and then got us our liquor license.

Plus – he got us our Sunday Morning Liquor License. So, now we can sell liquor an extra two hours on Sunday morning.”

– Aneta Wypasek, General Manager
Montrose Food Mart & Deli
Chicago, Illinois

Successful Restaurant Group Gets Impossible-To-Get Rooftop Liquor License

“I’ve worked with Francis for nine years now. He helped get liquor licenses for three of our restaurants: Roots restaurant on Chicago Avenue, the West Town Bakery & Diner, and our new Roots restaurant on Lawrence Avenue.

Just know: Francis helped us get one of the hardest liquor licenses to get in Chicago. And that is a liquor license for a rooftop outdoor patio.

– Scott Weiner, co-owner
Roots Handmade Pizza,
The Fifty/50, West Town
Bakery & Diner
Chicago, Illinois

Polish Restaurant Owner Feeds Pierogis to Judge and Gets Liquor License

“I applied for a restaurant liquor license on the Northwest side of Chicago and got denied. I got denied because the City thought I intended to run a nightclub instead.

So, I hired Francis Ostian. And, right away, he advised me to bring several dishes from our menu to court. In other words, I fed the judges with delicious Pierogis. And won!

Point being, he proved to the City that I am operating a restaurant and not a nightclub. And, as a result, I got my liquor license.

By the way, I now drive a Bentley … THANKS Francis!”

– Zbigniew Firosz
President, Pink Krokodile Café, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Restaurant Too Close to Church Still Gets Liquor License!

“Francis has been my liquor license attorney for over five years. And, I wouldn’t use anyone else but Francis. That’s because he has gone to battle for me on several occasions and succeeded.

For starters, he helped me get a liquor license for an Irish pub—which was very tough-to-get because it’s located in the Gold Coast area.

He also legally overcame a restriction to get us a liquor license for an outdoor patio close to a church. That’s right—a church. I don’t think any attorney other than Francis could have done that!

In addition, he has assisted me in situations that involve the sale of a business. For example, he helped me sue my landlord because the landlord wouldn’t accept the buyer as a new tenant.

So if it wasn’t for Francis’ skilled litigation efforts, I wouldn’t have been able to sell my business.”

– Joseph Sabath
Retired Owner, Marble Café
Chicago, Illinois

Francis Has the Liquor Control Commission’s Respect

“I hired Francis Ostian to help me get a restaurant liquor license in Bronzeville. I chose him over other liquor license lawyers in town because I knew only he had the political skills and contacts to deal with opposition to me getting my liquor license from competitors down the block.

You see, I was afraid that because my expected clientele is African-Americans, there would be a bias against me getting my license. However, everybody knows Francis at City Hall! He has the respect of the Liquor Control Commission. Furthermore, I knew that he helped another African-American restaurant owner dealing with racial bias.

For all these reason, I hired him to get my liquor license. Because of Francis, I got my restaurant liquor license in record time. And now, I’m living my dream of being a South-Side restaurant owner and I’m my own boss.”

– Devin Wordlaw
Owner, Fleetwood Lounge
Chicago, Illinois

Cigar Shop Owner Gets the Most Difficult Liquor License to Get in Villa Park: A Tavern License Next to His Cigar Shop

“Francis is incredible. He got my bar license for Ultimate Lounge at 137 E. North Avenue in Villa Park. He had to persuade the Villa Park Village that I was going to operate responsibly because the Village Board routinely doesn’t give out new liquor licenses.

Bottom line: He argued my case and the Village Board voted in my favor, granting me my bar liquor license.

Thanks Francis for all you did for me.”

– Tony Mosbah
President, Ultimate Lounge
Villa Park, Illinois

At Last, Entrepreneur Can Legally Manufacture Korean Rice Wine in the United States

“Francis helped me get a federal and state liquor license, so I could be the first brewery in the United States to manufacture Slow City Makgeolli—a Korean rice wine.

If it wasn’t for him, I could never have got these liquor licenses. Because of Francis, I sold my wine in many grocery stores. His remarkable skills will help you get your liquor licenses, too.”

– John Oh
President, Uniko Enterprises, Inc.
Niles, Illinois

Francis Ostian Battled the City and Kept 80,000 Square Foot Nightclub Open for Seven Years

“Francis was our litigation attorney when the city of Chicago wanted to shut down the Green Dolphin Nightclub for over capacity, shootings, and narcotics charges. He fought for over seven years against these charges in court and kept the Green Dolphin open.

“He’s nothing short of amazing!”

– Louis Menetti
Manager, Green Dolphin
Chicago, Illinois

Francis is the Expert to Hire When The Time Comes to Get Your Liquor License

“I signed up to receive the e-book, “10 Essential Things You Need to Get Your Chicago Liquor License.”

This fascinating book is packed with great information, and takes some of Chicago’s most obscure laws around the sale of alcohol and makes them understandable. Even better, Mr. Ostian shows how you can save yourself a lot of hassle and save money by getting the right kind of license for your restaurant or business.

In marketing, I help my clients find the right people and resources to help their businesses grow. I would highly recommend this e-book to any Chicago restaurant owner—this is a resource you won’t want to miss out on. And Francis is the person you need to hire when the time comes to get your liquor license.

– John Verbrugge
President, Marketing Tech
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Even Other Attorneys Recommend Francis to Get Liquor Licenses for Their Clients

“I hired Francis to get a liquor license for my Italian restaurant on the north side of Chicago.

I found out about him from my other attorney, Mark Yohanna. Even other attorneys recommend Francis to get liquor licenses for their clients. That’s because he’s the ‘go-to-guy’ for getting liquor licenses.

Fact is, he got me my restaurant liquor license FAST, and my business is doing great. In addition, he helped me negotiate my lease and fill out all of the complicated financial forms.

What I liked most about him was how he knew everybody at City Hall – which is where you have to go to apply for a liquor license. He knew all of the liquor case managers who handle the liquor application for the City.

Needless to say, his experience and contacts is what got me my license so fast.”

– Mark Giannini
Chef-Owner, Pasta D’Arte
Chicago, Illinois