MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Voters in Minneapolis have chosen to eliminate the 70/30 law, which neighborhood restaurant owners have called archaic and harmful to their businesses.
On Tuesday, voters were asked if the law should be scrapped. They voted to do so, overwhelmingly. As of writing, 84 percent of voters elected to eliminate the law.
The law, which has its roots in the 1800s, requires some neighborhood restaurants to earn no more than 30 percent of their revenue from alcohol. The law was supposedly put in place to prevent neighborhood eateries from turning into rowdy watering holes.
The law has been tough for restaurants to deal with, especially with the rise of the craft beer scene. The higher the cost of alcohol, the more these restaurants had to sell in food.
"If you share a bottle of wine with a friend for $30, do you really want to spend $70 on food?" said Molly Broder, the owner of Broders' Cucina Italiana.
Broder was one of 70 other restaurant owners who worked to get rid of the law.
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