MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Minneapolis voters will get the final say on the proposed changes to the city’s liquor laws.
Currently, restaurants in residential neighborhoods have to follow the 70-30 rule, which means their sales have to be made up of at least 70 percent food and no more than 30 percent alcohol.
But the prices of craft beer and fine wine are rising faster than food, leading restaurant owners to say the law is outdated.
Charter Commissioner Todd Ferrara says the rule was created by those who were afraid that alcohol would adversely affect their neighborhood. Ferrara says alcohol carries far less stigma than years ago.
Opponents say reducing restrictions means and increase in the availability of alcohol and that could mean more problems.
City officials voted to put a measure on the ballot this fall.
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