There is a City Charter referendum on the Minneapolis ballot this year, asking the following question:
Remove Area and Spacing Requirements for Liquor Licenses
Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove from the City Charter the area and spacing requirements pertaining to liquor licenses?
You vote either YES or NO.
Coverage I’ve found:
Referendum may expand restaurant liquor licensing, Southwest Journal
Ballot Question #1 on November 6 City Ballot, Fulton Neighborhood Association
YesOn1, from the restaurant owners who would like to be able to serve cocktails
Minneapolis neighborhood restaurants fight for the right to serve cocktails, Star Tribune
Basically, right now, if you are a restaurant owner whose building is on quaint little street corner that’s not a large commercial district, and you would like to serve wine, beer, and cocktails, you have to hire a lobbyist to get you an exemption from the state legislature in order to serve the cocktails. You also have to get a liquor license from the city for all this stuff.
This will remove the step where you have to go to the legislature. (Licensing will work basically the same otherwise.) This does not affect retail establishments such as grocery stores and liquor stores — just restaurants.
This is a ridiculous thing to even have in the city charter and can definitely be handled by the licensing board. Vote yes.