If you want to see a look of utter confusion, bordering on panic, simply say this to a wine and food lover in Portland, San Francisco, Boston, or even Madison, Wisconsin:
“In many Minneapolis restaurants it’s illegal to just get a glass of wine or a beer without ordering food.”
“If you want to enjoy an evening at one of Minneapolis’ neighborhood restaurants, buying a $50 bottle of wine means you need to buy $116 of food to keep the restaurant from breaking the law.”
“Buying an $8 craft brew at many Minneapolis restaurants along with a $12 hamburger puts that restaurant in jeopardy of losing their license.”
On Tuesday November 4th the citizens of Minneapolis will have an opportunity to make our wine and food culture better. On the ballot (Question 2, to be specific), will be the opportunity to change the city charter to eliminate a food to beverage ratio law that is archaic and outdated.
By voting YES ON 2, Minneapolis can join other progressive cities who don’t tie a restaurant’s licensing to food and drink sales ratios.
To learn more about this very important subject, here are some great articles and websites:
Videos, articles, and interviews:
KARE 11: http://www.kare11.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/16/analyzing-question-2-on-mpls-ballots/17390687/
Front page of the Star Tribune: Minneapolis restaurants campaign to dump food/drink ratio: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/279372702.html
Heavy Table: Ballot Question 2 and More: http://heavytable.com/betty-dangers-update-ballot-question-2/
And check out our video featuring R.T. Rybak at the bar, with Steven Brown as Inspector Downer: