MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On warm summer nights, patios and rooftops are packed at restaurants with outdoor seating in Minneapolis.

For many, it’s one of the best parts of summer. But for some neighbors, outdoor seating is a loud nighttime nuisance.

The city is thinking about changing the law and lowering the volume, but that may hurt businesses like uptown’s Cowboy Slim’s.

“In the summer time we got to get it when we can, and that means packing people out here on this patio,” said Evan Freeberg, manager of Cowboy Slim’s. “This is where they want to be and this is where they are going to spend their money. If we can’t have it, it will definitely impact our business in a negative way.”

If the city council has its way, city regulators would have more power in enforcing capacity limits on outdoor patios. The proposal would also prohibit amplified sound after 10 p.m.

“Noise is spilling into our streets … and creating a dangerous carnival atmosphere right in our front yards,” said one concerned resident of Uptown.

People packed the public hearing on the issue Monday. Some complained about noise. Business owners complained that the proposal gives the council absolute power to regulate their businesses.

“We have over 300 seats out here so in the summer when we get those beautiful days; It’s a huge percentage of our business,” said Shannon Freitag, the customer service manager of Psycho Suzi’s.

Freitag feels the city should look at each outdoor seating situation separately.

“It’s upsetting because it’s becoming more of a blanket amendment,” Freitag said.

Businesses downtown are exempt, and that doesn’t set well with lots of other businesses that are now faced with losing money.

Most at the public hearing, however, want a compromise to keep both the businesses and people who live around them happy.
The city council will vote on the issue next week.

It’s believed because of today’s public hearing, there will be some changes to make the proposal acceptable for everyone.

Comments (22)
  1. Victim Du Jour says:

    The story made it seem like people think the City should single out certain bars. Maybe someone doesn’t like country music.

    And you are right, they should be having public hearings about the places having violence problems.

    1. Uptowner says:

      Our city has so many loud things it is so unfair. Why do the bar people have to be woo-hooing so much. They should just use inside voices when they are outside. The city needs to come down hard on the screamers of our city, I am tired of it.

  2. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    WOW, The government wanting more POWER over us. How about taking a bite out of crime and not the people who just want to make a living.

  3. Jack says:

    People are over-reacting. So are the businesses. This has nothing to do with governmental power. (Trust me, I’m all for much less government.)

    It’s about common courtesy. If you want your patio seating, by all means, enjoy the patio! But, when your restaurant is in an area where people live, you do NOT have the right to force your music on them, especially late into the night. It’s rude. You do NOT need loud music to 1) have a good time or 2) do good business.

    Your “right” to have a good time STOPS when it infringes on other people’s right to enjoy the peace and quiet of their homes. Some people have to sleep so they can work in the morning.

  4. Chester Copperpot says:

    Its friggin uptown,,, thats what you get,,,in my backyard on the other side of the fence is 694,,, its very loud, and sometimes my house shakes, but it is what it is.

    1. Toby says:

      Perhaps the city will limit the amount of cars that can drive on 694 after 10pm.

  5. foge1 says:

    If you don’t like it. Move!!!

    1. Jack says:

      If you don’t like it, go inside the restaurant or go downtown! YOU MOVE!

  6. fred says:

    once again, Minneapolis bites the hand that feeds it. what surprises me is that the neighborhood snivelers can hear anything over the constant gunshots, and sirens.

    1. Jack says:

      The only sniveling being done here is by the whiners who don’t give a damn about anyone else. As long as they get their loud music, to hell with everyone else.

      I’ve lived in the area longer than Stella’s and the other patios have been in business. I was here first. You want loud music? Go DOWNTOWN to First Avenue and hang out with the rest of the hoodlums.

      1. @jack says:

        Jack you’re 1 person. therefore you barely count, uptown is not known for quiet older people so good call moving there, im sorry others having fun interferes with you slowly rotting away day by day. Hey i know i want to live in a peaceful area lets move into Minneapolis, no wait minnesotas largest city may not be known for peacefulness.

  7. JamieinMN says:

    I agree, don’t like it…MOVE. Nobody is FORCED to live in the city. You want peace and quiet, go move into a suburb or the country side. STAY OUT of the city!

  8. Every action has a reaction says:

    This is what happens when they banned smoking inside

  9. Nate says:

    As a nearby resident I think the change is silly.

    It’s uptown. It’s loud. Get over it.

    Noise is part of city life, and if you don’t like it you should probably live elsewhere. There are plenty of nearby communities that don’t have “a dangerous carnival atmosphere”. Pick one of those and leave uptown alone.

    1. Jack says:

      Try going downtown. See how easy that is? Goes both ways, doesn’t it?

      1. Nate says:

        I have no desire to go downtown, Jack. I live in a community that I am happy with (warts and all).

  10. Bargoer says:

    Just call the police department to haul em to detox. The smokers aren’t the problem.

  11. Party on your dime says:

    There is a lot of airport noise around the Crystal airport. Sometime I sleep during the day when I’m collecting unemployment, takes a lot out of me. It would be great if they could restrict airplanes and helicopter traffic so I could sleep. Keep it open for the weekends when I’m out on the lake on my new jet skis.

    1. @cartpusher says:

      Guess what unemployment will run out, and a fat bag of turd like you, will be pushing carts at walmart, after all you live in crystal life can not be that good. Wow you financed jet skis on unemployment nicely played, oh wait maybe you plow snow for a living lol also nicely played. You’ll turn heads at that 20 year reunion, pro snow plower, masters or bachelors?

  12. ITsOKJusttakeAToke says:

    Why is everyone so up in arms about this? You Hippies ban smoking in the bars because it bugs you/ so we go outside to enjoy our highest taxed ciggerrettes in the USA and now that bugs you…Get a grip on reality and chill the hell out.

    1. Jack says:

      Try remaining relevant to the conversation. Where does the article mention cigarettes? By all means, go to the patio and smoke away. Smoke 10 cigarettes at one time if you need. It has nothing to do with cigarettes.

  13. Jack says:

    Read the comments here, people, and you’ll see WHY decent people in the neighborhood are complaining. It’s all the juvenile whining being done by people who insist they can’t have a good time unless the music is blaring in the middle of the night. Instead, they want the entire neighborhood to move so THEY can have a good time.

    By all means, let the thoughtless, inconsiderate drunks have their way!

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