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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.More »