Saturday, December 31, 2011
St. Louis Park Patch reviews the year that was by looking at the most talked about local stories of 2011.
All this week, we've counted down our top five stories of 2011. Whether uplifting, sad or controversial, these were the stories that had people talking in the community. Here is a recap of the list:
Friday, December 30, 2011
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, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill was put on probation by City Council for selling a disproportionate amount of liquor. Over the next six months, the restaurant was tasked with getting its…
Welcome to 2012, Twin Cities!
Is it already just a couple days away from 2012? If our calendars aren't pulling the wool over our eyes, this weekend is bound to be full of New Year's happenings across the Twin Cities. Planning on having more than one drink Saturday night? Leave the car at home and hop on the Metro Transit system, where rides are free from 6 p.m. until the last route. And, as always, in case you're still undecided about what you'll be doing, we've dug around and found five New Year's weekend events that should tickle your 2012 fancy: 1) "New Year's Eve" at Showplace Icon: A couple years ago, a horribly bad yet intriguingly mediocre film titled "Valentine's Day" came out, starring a barrage of celebrities ranging from talented to talentless. This year, …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
St. Louis Park is one of several west metro cities that require restaurants to sell at least as much food as liquor.
With the city ordinance that requires establishments sell at least as much food as liquor coming to the forefront again earlier this week, it seems like a good time to re-examine the rule’s history—and to see what some of St. Louis Park's neighbors are doing. The ordinance dates back to 2000, and it was established because the council did not want free-standing bars—and the potential issues that come with them—in St. Louis Park. When Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill was put on probation in late February for not hitting the 50-50 mark—a probation that was extended on Monday—all six current council members, along with Mayor Jeff Jacobs, voiced some degree of support for the ordinance. “I think we (SLP) set the tone that this is not a …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The St. Louis Park bar and grill has a probationary liquor license for not selling as much food as liquor.
Since being given a probationary liquor license in February, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in St. Louis Park has made strides toward hitting the city’s required 50-50 split between alcohol and food sales. On Monday, however, the City Council deemed that they want to see more progress, extending the establishment’s probation until next February, when Toby Keith’s liquor license again comes up for renewal. If the bar and grill isn’t selling as much food as booze by then, the city could impose stricter penalties, ranging from fines to revoking the license altogether. “Anything this council wants done, we will do it,” Barry Birks, a traveling general manager with the company, told council on Monday. “We want to be a part of the …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Greene and Hurst will play at the St. Louis Park bar and grill tonight.
Editor's Note: A version of this story originally appeared on St. Michael Patch. J.D. Greene’s new band, Greene and Hurst, will debut Friday night at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in St. Louis Park. You may recognize the name and voice of J.D. Greene as the popular D.J. at Twin Cities radio station K102. However, you may not recognize his face unless you are a big time country fan. Take a good look, because you may have seen this St. Michael resident around town. J.D. comes from Ohio, but his latest stop in his radio career brought him to Minnesota. It will be three years ago in December when he, his wife Kate and two girls purchased a modest home nestled in a quaint neighborhood of St. Michael. It was a December without snow that…
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Patch helps you plan for when you're off the clock.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
With unseasonably warm weather, this weekend should be a great time to get out and have some fun. Here are some event suggestions to make that happen: "Miss Nelson is Missing" Live Music Afternoon Family Canoeing Tour de Edina Harvest Festival
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Minnesota State Fair is great, but plenty is going on in the west metro, too.
Don't get us wrong—we here at Patch love the Minnesota State Fair. Heck, we've even been recommending great things to do there every day. But variety is the spice of life, and there are plenty of fun things to check out closer to home this weekend. Here are some highlights: Salon 300: Minnesota State Fair Overflow Show Music and a Movie in the Park Benilde-St. Margaret's Football Jamboree Sunny Sweeney Inver Hills Community Band