The Regulatory, Energy, and Environment Committee of the Minneapolis City Council voted to send the proposed outdoor patio ordinance changes to the full City Council with no recommendation. The ordinance was amended, as follows:
(1) Council Member Goodman proposed a change that would grant the Downtown exemption to areas north of Third Avenue North to Plymouth Avenue North between I-94 and the River. It sounded like, though I missed some of the context, that Council Member Samuels had brought it up to her as a concern. Sounded like those areas pay a 3% Downtown Entertainment tax and the thought was that those areas, since they’re paying the tax, should also receive exemption. It passed.
(2) Council Member Schiff proposed a change that would allow the City to grant higher class liquor licenses for outdoor areas outside of the Downtown zone. This would allow, as they are approved, some establishments to offer acoustic guitar or other entertainment depending on the class license they’re granted. Perhaps It’s Greek to Me will seek approval of some Greek musicians over dinner time?
Please read the revised language to better understand the details of the ordinance.