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Brew Pubs in Hopkins?
Scott Neal, July 29, 2013 | Scott Neal
The Start Tribune ran an interesting story last week about the possible development of a new brew pub in downtown Hopkins. You can read it at this link: Plans for new brewery tap room in downtown Hopkins move forward
What I found interesting in the story is that the City of Hopkins is considering changing its City Code to allow for the proposed brew pub in the first place. Currently, Hopkins requires that licensed liquor (read beer/wine/liquor) must be able to demonstrate that 50 percent of their annual gross sales come from food sales. That’s not unusual. Many Minnesota cities have similar provisions in their City Codes. In Edina, our requirement is that 60 percent of gross sales must come from food sales.
In order to allow for the proposed brew pub, the Hopkins City Council initially proposed lowering the requirement to 25 percent. The developers of the proposed brew pub countered with a request to lower the requirement to 10 percent. At the July 16 meeting, however, the City Council discussed waiving the requirement altogether if the developers could figure out how to partner with local restaurants to encourage patrons to bring their food into the tap room.
This is an interesting idea. I’m curious about whether we should consider doing something similar in Edina. Readers: what do you think?