In a nutshell, many neighborhood restaurants outside of downtown Minneapolis cannot currently serve cocktails because of an outdated charter regulation that requires them to be within 7 contiguous commercial acres, the "7 acre rule."
The City of Minneapolis Charter Commission voted unanimously that it is the right of the residents of Minneapolis to decide to clean up the outdated “7 acre rule” and the City of Minneapolis’ Business Licensing Department supports the measure.
YES ON 1 MPLS is a ballot initiative for voters who live in the City of Minneapolis. A “yes” vote means that Minneapolis residents choose to eliminate outdated regulations that make it expensive and cumbersome for a local restaurant to obtain a license to serve liquor. Lifting the old regulation means leveling the playing field for all neighborhood restaurants, and as a result, providing more choices for diners. We want laws that make sense for a modern Minneapolis and make it easier for residents to support their favorite neighborhood spots.
We're raising funds to help spread the word that this question is on the ballot, and its passing will help Minneapolis maintain its appeal as a modern and desirable place to live!