Minneapolis City Council Votes to Loosen Restrictive Alcohol Sales Rule [UPDATE]

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Quinn Dombrowski

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The Minneapolis City Council voted today to remove the "60/40 rule," which demands that restaurants in commercial areas outside of downtown make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, with alcohol being restricted to less than 40 percent.

It was a unanimous decision, with all 12 members of the council voicing their support. Voters will decide on the similar "70/30" rule for residential areas come November.


The rule was well intentioned, designed to prevent things from getting too rowdy in neighborhoods like Dinkytown and St. Anthony. But as specialty cocktails and craft beer have come into style, the decades-old rule has become burdensome for area restaurants.

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Updated: Bradstreet Craftshouse set to close as the Graves 601 Hotel changes hands

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The venerable Bradstreet Craftshouse raised up several of the Twin Cities' favorite mixologists and taught them the pre-Prohibition cocktail basics. Now, only a month after their five-year anniversary party, the hotel is being sold and Bradstreet will change concepts when the property changes hands.

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The Lynn on Bryant to close

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Joy Summers
There's still time to say goodbye to The Lynn on Bryant
We're crying salty tears into our sweet Baba Rhums. The Lynnhurst neighborhood will be a little less sweet: Yesterday owner Peter Ireland announced that the Lynn on Bryant will close.

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Dust off that MFA: Izzy's Ice Cream is now hiring poets

Courtesy of Izzy's
Fly on the viewless wings of Poesy and mocha almond fudge

Calling all frozen dessert bards! Izzy's Ice Cream is now accepting applications -- in the form of haikus. That's right, for 25 job-seekers wishing to scoop their summers away behind barrels of flavors like Summit Oatmeal Stout, Salted Caramel, and Mango Django, the dream job is just a lick of poetry away.

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Teamsters Union stalls Sunday growler sales

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Except on Sundays
Last week wasn't all good news for beer: Minnesota craft brewers took home five international awards but may have lost the battle over growlers.

Sales of these refillable 64-ounce containers are prohibited on Sunday and will remain so, for the foreseeable future, thanks to the Teamsters Union.

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New bill would allow "tax delinquent" bars and restaurants to keep liquor licenses [UPDATE]

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A new piece of legislation could save Minnesota bars and restaurants from what they describe as the the shame and hassle of being labeled "tax delinquent."

Every day, the Minnesota Department of Revenue updates a public list of businesses that are more than ten days behind on their liquor tax obligations. After another three days, those same businesses are forbidden from purchasing more booze until they settle their bill, and any distributor who's caught breaking this law could lose their own license for 60 days and face a $2,000 fine.

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Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud to leave New York City for... Minneapolis?

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via Gavin Kaysen on Twitter and Cafe Boulud on Facebook
As if the North Loop wasn't already a dining destination, we just received news that a rather big fish is landing in our little pond. Gavin Kaysen, best known the world over as the executive chef at Cafe Boulud in New York City, will actually be leaving the Big Apple for the Minneapple.

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Bob Dylan-themed restaurant, Zimmy's, closes its doors

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The owners of Zimmy's, a Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing, Minnesota where Dylan grew up announced on Thursday that they would be closing after 30 years of business. The announcement follows months of struggles with tax delinquency, which led to the loss of Zimmy's liquor license. Though they initially tried to stay afloat by adding a delivery service, specialty coffees, and breakfast items, it wasn't enough.

"It is true, we had to close our doors today," chef Audrey Johnson told Duluth News Tribune. "We lost our liquor license in January, and without a license in Hibbing you can't cover certain costs. ... Having the license attracts a lot of customers."

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President Obama shouts out Punch Pizza in State of the Union [VIDEO]

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Last night Punch Pizza got some publicity better than any Superbowl ad.

The President of the United States gave the local pizza chain an extended shout out during the State of the Union, lauding the company for giving employees raises to $10 an hour and calling on businesses across the country to follow Punch's good example.

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Pizza, Punch

Commission blocks plans that would raze Dinkytown restaurants

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What will become of Mesa Pizza?
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Heritage Preservation Commission voted against Kelly Doran's bid to build a six-story boutique hotel on Fourth St. in Dinkytown. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Doran had approached the Commission seeking approval for his plan to raze the businesses. The final decision will likely fall to City Council.

If Doran's plan goes through, Mesa Pizza by the Slice, Publika Tea and Coffee Union, and Camdi Vietnamese restaurant, as well as the University LifeCare Center and Dinkytown Tattoo will be demolished to make room for the hotel, which will span from 13th to 14th Avenue. According to a Star Tribune article from Tuesday, neither the buildings nor Dinkytown itself are considered historic, but neighbors are vying for protection against the demolition. Supporters of the demolition believe that people are more important than the buildings in terms of preserving history, the article added.

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