Reminder - Ward 8 Newsletter July 24, 2014

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July 24, 2014

Lunchtime with Elizabeth: Modernizing Regulations for a Booming Restaurant Industry


Friday July 25
noon - 1pm
Butter Bakery, 3700 Nicollet Ave

Minneapolis is seeing a “restaurant revolution” (a phrase I stole from local reporter David Brauer), but our laws governing restaurants have not kept up.

Today, restaurants in certain areas of the city are required to maintain a ratio of food to alcohol sales.  These rules were originally established to ensure restaurants, especially those near residential property, acted like restaurants – and did not become neighborhood nuisances.  These rules, however, have always been difficult tools for regulators and don’t fit the business model of restaurants today, where craft beer and fine wine purchases will quickly put a restaurant out of compliance with old city rules. 

Residents will vote on a ballot measure this year to remove these old rules that are in the city charter – specifically removing the 70/30 food alcohol ratios for certain restaurants.

If these old rules go away, what will replace them?  How do we make sure that restaurants, especially those in neighborhoods near residents’ homes, are good neighbors?  An alternative regulatory system has been proposed with Council Members Glidden as one of the authors.  Please join us for a discussion of these proposed changes!

We welcome Linda Roberts, from the City’s Business Licensing department and local restaurant owners, including Samantha Loesch of King’s Wine Bar and Harvey McLain of Turtle Bread Company and Café Levain, to discuss these changes.  What are the challenges that restaurant owners face with current mandates?  How will changes to the current system ensure restaurants remain good neighbors and licensing staff has the right tools to address problems?

Join us for Lunchtime with Elizabeth and find out what changes may be coming soon to restaurants and what this means for surrounding neighborhoods.  Arrive early, grab a snack, and be a part of the discussion.


Ward 8 Family Friendly Bike Ride!

nice ride

Tuesday, July 29, 6-7:30 pm
Meet at 6 pm at Rev Dr Martin Luther King
Jr. Park, near the white tennis bubble
(40th Street across from 1st Avenue)

Please join the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Council Member Elizabeth Glidden for a family friendly bike ride through Ward 8 neighborhoods. We will meet at 6 pm near to the tennis bubble, and then hop on the River Lake Greenway, visiting some fun Ward 8 locations along the way.

For bike rental convenience, a Nice Ride bike station is located at 36th and Lyndale. For more info on how to rent a Nice Bike, visit To find a map of all bike stations with up to the minute info on bicycle availability, click here.

See you on July 29.