City of Edina finally moving toward legalizing happy hour

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Soon, you might actually be able to buy something cheap in Edina.
Twenty years after restaurants with on-sale liquor licenses were first allowed to open in the city, Edina is finally moving toward legalizing happy hours.

What sorts of wacky policy innovations will council members in the land of 50th & France and the Galleria think of next?

KSTP reports that the Minnesota Restaurant Association is working with the city on a solution to the no-happy hour problem, which it sees as a competitive disadvantages for restaurants there (Edina doesn't allow bars).

So why weren't happy hours weren't allowed in the first place? According to Edina Patch, two recent proposals to legalize drink discounts were shot down by the city due to concerns about day drunks endangering the safety of kids leaving school.

Those shot-down proposals were put forth by Edina Grill owner David Burley. Burley told Patch he recalls the city council's logic going something like this:
Since happy hours normally occur about the time kids are getting out of school, there was concern patrons would be a risk to get into driving accidents with school buses. I've been in the restaurant business for nearly 20 years and in all that time with all those combined happy hours, I have no recollection of one of our patrons going out and hitting a school bus.
Absurd as that might sound, the anti-happy hour ordinance remains in place. Last spring, council member Joni Bennett told Patch that she believes "Edina is free to have a different philosophy on happy hours than the communities which surround us." That's true, but now, thanks in part to the restaurant association's cajoling, Edina finally seems ready to allow its restaurants break from the prevailing norm in the rest of the city and sell something discounted.

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evikjames
evikjames

EDINA ~ Every Drink Is Now Available (during happy hour).

Mike
Mike

this article could of used some more work.  The FACT is Edina had limited alcohol sales 20 years ago in restaurants (no bars in Edina).  The limited was beer and wine with no hard liquor at all that I am aware of. If you go back and look at old articles you will see it was around 2005 when Salut opened at 50th and France in Edina the law was changed and hard liquor was allowed.  It was only after Salut got the law changed in the past 7 years that Edina Grill, Tavern on France, and other locations were able to sell liquor in the city of Edina where they could only sell beer and wine before.

The actual point of the article was intended to be discounted alcohol sales (aka happy hour) or any offer of 2 for 1's and stuff like that.  That is and will remain illegal in Edina.  If you want that go to another city.  The residents of Edina don't want the traffic, problems, and establishments that target that kind of business in the city.  It's not a huge inconvenience as you can go to Minneaoplis, St. Louis Park, or Hopkins and they all have typical bars, Edina chooses not to and I respect that.

Get An Editor
Get An Editor

"Twenty years after bars were first allowed to open in the city..."a few lines later:"(Edina doesn't allow bars)"

Well, which is it?  I know this is the brave new world of journalism, but GET A FUCKING EDITOR!

vitajex
vitajex

I've found that NO hour spent in Edina is EVER 'happy'...

evikjames
evikjames

"The residents of Edina don't want the traffic, problems, and establishments that target that kind of business in the city." ~ What is "that kind of business"? Just come out and say you don't like people who can't afford $7 beer. 

Atrupar
Atrupar

My bad. Edina still doesn't allow bars, so the first sentence is incorrect. What I meant was 20 years after the city first allowed restaurant's with on-sale service. It's fixed.

Research
Research

Agreed.  And speaking of driving, is it me or do people in this city (and a couple surrounding cities) not drive like the rest of the TC.

John Minn
John Minn

You still got some fixing to do pal - there are happy hours in Edina that sell discounted food for some great deals, just no discounted drinks.

pizza
pizza

Maybe fart sniffers everywhere drive worse than their slimmer walletted neighbors. I've noticed the same behavior in Woodbury and North Oaks area as well.

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