Story of the Year No. 1: Toby's Two-Step

St. Louis Park Patch reviews the year that was by counting down the most talked about local stories of 2011.

Editor's Note: With 2011 winding down, we're using this last week of the year to look back at the five stories that shaped St. Louis Park over the past 12 months and had people talking. Today, we look at story No. 1—Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill's trouble with the city's liquor ordinance.

Did you know that St. Louis Park restaurants are required to sell at least as much food as booze?

Most locals would have probably answered "no" to that question—that is until one of the city's largest establishments ran afoul of the code.

In late February, was for selling a disproportionate amount of liquor. Over the next six months, the restaurant was tasked with getting its sales to the 50:50 mark and proving to the city that it could be more than just a bar.

In October, Toby Keith's management checked in with council and but council decided to extend the establishment’s probation until next February, when Toby Keith’s liquor license again comes up for renewal.


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