Council approves a pair of liquor licenses
Booze was the topic du jour for the Rosemount City Council Tuesday. The council held two public hearings and granted two liquor licenses during the half hour regular meeting.
Rosemount Liquor gets new owner
The council granted David Landgrebe a new off-sale liquor license to take over the troubled Rosemount Liquor and Wine Cellar. Landgrebe, who co-owns Carbone's Pizza, will close on the store Friday.
Landgrebe will take over the operation from Sean Schumacher. Over the past five years the store has had five compliance check failures, the most recent in December. For the last failure the city council fined the store $2,000 and handed down a 30-day suspension. The store was set to start serving the suspension April 1. With the new owner the store will not serve the 30-day suspension.
Schumacher told the council at its Feb. 1 meeting that the failures and resulting penalties and fines led him to sell the business.
Landgrebe told the council it is his goal to clean up the operation.
Carbone's has had two liquor violations of its own. The first occurred in May 2009 during a check conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Carbone's staff was found to have served an obviously intoxicated patron.
The second failure occurred in December 2009 when Rosemount Police Department conducted compliance checks.
City clerk Amy Domeier said Carbone's seems to have taken the failures seriously and has taken steps to prevent more in the future. In addition, she said while the failures are cause to monitor Carbone's more closely, they could not affect the council's decision regarding the new license.
The council voted unanimously in favor of the new liquor license.
The city council approved an on-sale liquor license and Sunday liquor license for a restaurant going into the Rosemount Market Square mall. Fireside will open sometime later this spring.
Rich Thompson, who owns Fireside Pizza in Richfield, will open the restaurant, which will be connected to The Pond.
It's connection to the privately owned ice arena brought up some concerns for council member Kurt Bills. Bills asked whether it was a good idea to serve alcohol near where kids activities are going on.
The Pond owner Trent Eigner said the two operations will be run separately and alcohol from the bar will not be allowed into the ice area.
City clerk Amy Domeier said background checks revealed Fireside has no violations in its 15 years of business. General manager Kadie Johnson, who will run the Rosemount location, said staff will be well trained on how to serve alcohol safely.
Although the license was approved, the business will not receive it until the chief building official has issued a certificate of occupancy.
Construction on the restaurant has started. Johnson told the council they hope to open the restaurant sometime in late April.