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From the MPLS. blog of the Star Tribune:
City mandated ratios of food to alcohol sales in restaurants could soon be eliminated under a proposed ordinance change that has been revived by several Minneapolis council members.
The city currently requires about 100 restaurants outside of downtown to make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, which has only grown harder to meet as craft beers have become popular. It was intended to keep serious drinking out of the neighborhoods after repeal of the city’s liquor patrol limits.
The city generally has generally tried to work with out-of-compliance businesses to increase food sales rather than taking harsh enforcement actions, however.
An effort by council member Gary Schiff in 2013 to change the language never advanced. Three council members said Friday they are pushing forward with that effort, and hope to add new language to city code about management responsibilities, server training and adverse action against problem restaurants.
“We seek to create policy that enables our restaurant industry to succeed in a responsible manner,” said council members Linea Palmisano, Elizabeth Glidden and Jacob Frey in a statement.
Removing the “60/40” requirement dovetails with a similar movement to eliminate a more restrictive “70/30” provision in the city’s charter, aimed more at restaurants outside of major commercial nodes. That will likely require a referendum, however, since charter changes are harder to make.
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