Downtown Minneapolis restaurant taxes are nation's highest

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When going about making dinner reservations, what are the factors you typically consider? Style of food, ease of parking, and table availability all share equal power in the decision-making process, but a new study conducted by a Washington, D.C., think tank reveals information that may make you want to strongly consider journeying out to the suburbs. 

The 10.755 percent restaurant tax imposed on meals enjoyed in downtown Minneapolis is the highest of any city in the country, beating out Chicago and Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Star Tribune reports.

Aside from being yet another reason to try Travail in Robbinsdale, lawmakers note that the results of this study could provide ammunition for those who oppose the current Vikings stadium plan proposed by R.T. Rybak. The proposal would extend city taxes and possibly secure Minneapolis's spot at the top of this list for years to come. Here's how the Department of Revenue says the downtown meal taxes are now divided.
State tax: 6.875%
Transit Improvement: .25%
Hennepin County: .15%
Minneapolis sales: .5%
Minneapolis downtown restaurant: 3%

If you happen to be enjoying battered frenchies or Pancho's wings while listening to music at Hell's Kitchen, the price is even higher: 13.775 percent at restaurants that offer live entertainment.

Never noticed the additional tax before? Would it keep you from dining in downtown Minneapolis now? Tell us in the comments below.






 
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Beerguy
Beerguy

I guess it's time to quit tipping on the total bill and deduct the tax amount from that figure.

Jennifer Reddig
Jennifer Reddig

 Yeah, that's a good idea. Stiff the hard-working person who's been schlepping your food and drinks around all night. That will completely solve the problem, and your server probably won't notice. I'm sure when your waiter is trying to decide whether to use his limited funds to buy groceries for his family or a bus pass to get to work, he will totally understand where you're coming from. smdh

amiller92
amiller92

Screw Bachelor Farmer, 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa, I'm going to Applebee's at the mall!

Or not.

Not that it necessarily applies here, but one should always be wary of anything coming from the Tax Foundation.  It has no credibility.

OhNoes
OhNoes

That's why all the good restaurants are in the neighborhoods.

Guest
Guest

Are there additional taxes when you order alcohol, beyond the ones listed above?

3%?
3%?

Why the huge 3% surcharge on restaurants anyway?

HotLunch
HotLunch

The root: the public is stupid.

Lancel
Lancel

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SallyV
SallyV

Yup! For someone of a fixed income, to pay for parking and higher food prices is simply impossible. Add the taxes to that and it looks like I'll never dine downtown again.

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