MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Some proprietors in Minot say a change to the city’s liquor ordinance that restricts their hours of operation is changing the way they run their businesses.
The Minot City Council amended the liquor license ordinance in early June so businesses with supper club licenses can sell liquor only for one hour after kitchen operations cease. The rule also requires supper clubs to provide annual financial statements proving they meet the requirement that more than half of their business comes from food sales.
Shanda Cool, the owner of Sweet and Flour, a Minot patisserie, said she’s expanding her restaurant and said the new rules have made planning more difficult. That’s because the restaurant has to serve food later to serve liquor.
“In a way, it’s stifled our creativity on the menu front because we had to make sure that there are items on the menu that less-skilled cooks or chefs at the end of the night would be able to prepare,” she said.
At Souris River Brewing, co-owner Daniel Haff said the business didn’t renew its supper club license at the beginning of July because of the new rules.
Operating as a supper club, Souris River Brewing had to keep the kitchen open to serve liquor at night. He said not enough people eat that late, so he couldn’t justify the revenue needed to pay for everything.
“We weren’t making tens of thousands of dollars off liquor,” he said. “It was just giving our customers what they wanted. That’s capitalism, that’s free market.”
Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com
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