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City approves liquor license for Chipotle

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Customers will now be able to buy margaritas and beer at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Rosemount, but won't be able to consume alcoholic beverages on the restaurant's patio.

On Tuesday, March 7, the Rosemount City Council approved an on-sale liquor license and a Sunday liquor license for Chipotle, but put some extra conditions on the permit because the restaurant doesn't have patio enclosed by a fence.

Chipotle opened in Rosemount for food sales in late January. The liquor license will allow them to begin selling beer and margaritas along with food.

"We will try and get them selling their margaritas sooner rather than later," said City Clerk Clarissa Hadler.

Because of the configuration of the property, the outdoor patio isn't adjacent to the restaurant or fully enclosed, as is required by city code. Therefore, city staff recommended the restaurant not be allowed to sell or consume liquor on the patio and include a sign indicating that rule in the area, Hadler explained.

The restaurant's point of sale system also limits alcohol sales to managers who are over 18 years old.

Parks restrooms may be open for Leprechaun Days

The city of Rosemount may allow the city's public park restrooms to be available during this summer's Leprechaun Days celebration.

On Tuesday, the council approved a service agreement with the organizing committee for the festival. During that discussion, Council member Shaun Nelson said he would like to make the city's public park restrooms available.

"For many years, we have not made available to the people that attend Leprechaun Days the opportunity to use a facility that has running water, flushing toilets, modern bathrooms," said Nelson. "I'm in favor of using those facilities for such a big event."

City Administrator Logan Martin said city staff are willing to make the park restrooms available during the festival, and said city staff will work with the Leprechaun Days committee to make that happen.

"Our biggest fear in the past has been vandalism, cleanliness, those types of things — just safety and security," said Martin. "If we can get our arms around those issues, we're happy to try it this year."

Council donates for marching band trailer

The council approved a $2,000 donation to the Rosemount High School Marching Band to support the purchase of a new, 52-foot equipment semi-trailer. The band hopes to replace their existing trailer ahead of their trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this November.

The city's donation would be used specifically for a "wrap" on the trailer, with a design that promotes both the marching band and the city of Rosemount.

Council member Jeff Weisensel said the Rosemount Port Authority felt it was a worthwhile donation for the band and for marketing Rosemount. The donation will be made through the 2017 Council Designated Spending budget.

"Who knows who might see that?" Weisensel said. "Having a national, world-class marching band as part of our community reflects well on us."

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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