Whether or not Marcus Cinema at the Renaissance gets a Class “B” liquor license to add a Take Five Lounge comes down to a vote Tuesday during the Sturtevant Village Board meeting.

Trustees first considered the idea in March but held off on a vote until board members could visit another Marcus location with a Take Five already up and running. Village President Steve Jansen said he will vote “yes” because the trip to Brookfield answered any remaining questions he might have had.

“It helped in answering some of the questions,” he confirmed, but he said not all trustees joined in. “I wish they could have attended the invitation from Marcus to see what they’re doing and how it enhances the movie experience.”

Mari Randa, a spokesperson for Marcus, said the Take Five Lounge will be located in the lobby of the Renaissance theater, and the addition answers a demand by moviegoers to have a more complete evening out.

“We’ve noticed that the moviegoing experience has changed over the years and has become more of a complete night out for many of our guests.  Adding food and beverage options all under one roof provides guests an added convenience and allows them to personalize their night out,” she said in an email to Racine County Eye.

In other news, trustees are expected to approve rezoning the Sturtevant SportsPlex industrial to commercial so the Renaissance School can set up shop there for a K4 – 8th grade private school.

Renaissance officials and SportsPlex owner Fernando Bahena reached an agreement late last year. The school will lease the building to consolidate its two campuses – Mount Pleasant and Pleasant Prairie – and the SportsPlex would surrender its liquor license, effectively ending the legal trouble Bahena has had in the 3 Monkeys bar.

Renaissance is a private school, and many of its students attend using state-funded vouchers. Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN) is the organization that operates the schools.

The Village Board meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.



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