Charter amendment removing 70-30 restaurant rule will be on ballot

The Minneapolis Charter Commission voted Tuesday to put a measure on the ballot this fall that would remove the 70/30 rule regulating restaurants from the city’s charter.

The rule requires neighborhood restaurants to generate at least 70 percent of their revenue from food instead of alcohol — a provision that restaurant owners say is out-of-date and burdensome to follow.

The craft beer boom and popularity of wine bars throughout the city has made the rule increasingly difficult to follow.

City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) and Council Members Linea Palmisano (Ward 13) and Jacob Frey (Ward 3) are also working on revising the city’s alcohol ordinances for restaurants outside of downtown required to follow the 60/40 rule. 

“Thanks to all the neighbors and restaurant owners who came out to have their voices heard! City staff and I, along with my colleagues Elizabeth Glidden and Jacob Frey, have already begun the process of writing a set of rules that address neighbors’ concerns while allowing our great local restaurants to continue thriving,” Palmisano wrote on her Facebook page after the Charter Commission’s vote. 

The restaurant owners who have led the push to remove the rule from the city’s charter include Molly Broder of Broder’s Pasta Bar, Harvey McClain of Trattoria Tosca, Frederico Navarro of George & the Dragon, Steven Brown of Tilia and Peter Ireland of the Lynn on Bryant, which recently closed.