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Like in SLP, Edina Liquor Laws Go Under the Microscope

The city will be exploring it's 60-40 food-to-booze ordinance later this year.

St. Louis Park isn't the only place where the proper ratio of food-to-booze sales is a hot topic.

Edina City Councilman Josh Sprague recently told that Edina’s 60-40 ordinance will be discussed at a work session on Dec. 4. The ordinance requires restaurants to have at least 60 percent of their sales come from food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sound familiar? It should—St. Louis Park requires a 50-50 split.

The SLP ordinance drew attention last year when missed the mark . The local establishment has closed the gap but, as of February, .

St. Louis Park has had the provision in place since 2000, and council members have said it keeps St. Louis Park from having unruly “bar districts.” Still, Mayor Jeff Jacobs said the council is open to reexamining the 50-50 ordinance, though no specific meeting has been scheduled.

And no, St. Louis Park and Edina aren't alone on this—a number of other area cities require similar food/booze splits:

City % Food (min) % Liquor (max) Blaine - - Bloomington 40 60 Brooklyn Center 50 50 Brooklyn Park - - Eagan 50 50 Eden Prairie 50 50 Edina 60 40 Golden Valley - - Hopkins 50 50 Maple Grove 51 49 Minnetonka 50 50 New Hope 50 50 Plymouth 40 60 St. Louis Park 50 50 Woodbury 50 50

Source: City of St. Louis Park

Emily B August 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
These rules are ridiculous, both for business owners and customers. The reality is, places like Toby Keiths allow those of us in the west metro to have a place to go and have a drink without the hassles of downtown Minneapolis. Other zoning laws can prevent the "bar districts" if SLP or wherever wants, but we've got to get out of the Volstead mentality when it comes to alcohol in this state. If the cities really feel they need to regulate, it should be no more than the 40-60 like Plymouth and Bloomington.
Michael Rose (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM
What do others think? Is 40 percent food (minimum) to 60 percent liquor a more fair ratio? Would you like to see SLP go in that direction?

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