Glendale - Late-night delivery is limited in some North Shore suburbs, but that is about to change when Chubby's Cheesesteaks opens in the Bayshore Town Center on Oct. 20.
Chubby's Cheesesteaks owners went before the Glendale Plan Commission on Oct. 4 to ask for an exception to the city ordinances, which prohibit a restaurant without liquor from staying open past 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Chubby Cheesesteaks owners originally asked for permission to stay open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Those late-night hours are not allowed in Glendale for restaurants that do not serve liquor. Restaurants that serve liquor are allowed to stay open until bar close, per state law.
Chubby's Cheesesteaks owners compromised by suggesting they close their doors at the city's required time, but continue to deliver food until 2 a.m. every night. Based on their other stores on Milwaukee's east side and Miller Parkway, the owners of the restaurant said their peak hours are from midnight to 2 a.m.
“We’re known for nighttime. This is our niche. This is what we’re known for,” said Chubby's Cheesesteaks co-owner Mazin Hamdan. “This would really cripple us if we can’t get delivery til 2 a.m. That’s where our bread and butter is. We need that to survive, especially with those types of rents.”
When asked by plan commissioners if he expects the Bayshore location to have the same late-night traffic, Hamdan said he grew up in Shorewood, lives in Whitefish Bay and sees a need for late-night food delivery. He said the late-night food availability will cater to high school kids as well as people coming home from bars.
"Right now, it's either the Taco Bell drive-thru or hopefully now Chubby's Cheesesteaks," Hamdan said.
Plan commissioner Tomika Vukovic said she was excited about the expanded hours because she has trouble finding food when she gets off work late at night.
The plan commission voted 4-2 to allow the expanded delivery hours, on the condition that they check in with the city every three months for the first year to see if any issues have arisen.