For some strange reason the Maroon link no longer exists, but our original riff is here.
Since then, nothing has changed. Morsbach's is one of about 150-170 valid signatures on a petition to introduce the option for an alcohol ban in the 5th Ward's 39th Precinct on the November 4 ballot.
Although he complains about not being able to sell liquor on Hyde Park's 57th Street, and takes full advantage of the opportunity to sell liquor at a location in downstate Illinois, Morsbach doesn't want anyone to sell liquor in the 39th Precinct of the 5th Ward, site of Doctors Hospital.
That is to say, in his own backyard.
If you've followed HPP for any length of time, you'll know that Morsbach recently opened up a restaurant location in downstate Normal, Illinois, where he is raking in liquor revenue from a full-service beer hall near the campus of Illinois State University -- which he laments not being able to do in Hyde Park.
Here's how he described the merits of his new, downstate Medici in the above-cited Maroon article:
It's all about economics. We can have liquor, and it is in a good location close to Illinois State University.
If only students of the University of Chicago were so lucky!
But it gets even better. At pretty much the same time that Morsbach gave everyone a lecture about how the redevelopment of Harper Court would be like a sinful "Second Coming of Urban Renewal," he was taking advantage of a publicly subsidized, municipal land-clearance program in downtown Normal Illinois, setting up shop with his liquor license across the street from -- a Marriott Hotel!
As with Marriott Hotels, so with booze: both are OK if they are in someone else's neighborhood and are served to someone else's kids.
Here's what his downstate menu has to say about it:
Humble Hyde Parkers may be forgiven if they, too, dream of something "more spectacular."
Alas, aspiring restauranteurs won't be able to "serve you a glass of wine to enjoy your meal" in the 39th Precinct because Hans Morsbach won't let them.
So Morsbach will be happy to serve you booze, you'll just have to drive 120 miles to get it. He'll take a stand against Urban Renewal in Hyde Park, and the University of Chicago, but not against Urban Renewal in Normal, or Illinois State University.
Residents of the Fighting 39th, you should be proud: those are some principles we can believe in.