Minneapolis Approves Longer Alcohol Sales for Super Bowl

February 02, 2018 09:11 PM

The Minneapolis City Council approved to extend alcohol sales to 4 a.m. during the Super Bowl.

The permit only applies to businesses who hold an on-sale liquor license or an on-sale 3.2 malt liquor license.

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The Minnesota legislature passed special legislation authorizing cities that issue on-sale liquor licenses may issue special permits for service of alcohol through extended hours. The extended hours last from Feb. 2, 2018, to Feb 5, 2018.

Businesses looking to receive the special permit must apply to the office of licenses and consumer services by January 17.

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The city previously expanded bar hours during the MLB All-Star Game in 2014.

Steve Cramer, president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, said the experience was positive.

"Not all bars downtown, not all restaurants that serve liquor opted for the longer hours," he said.

Erik Forsberg, owner of Erik the Red, said he experienced an increase of traffic during the 2014 extended hours.

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"If we would've had a multiple days to build up to ... the original idea of more than just one day, it would have more impact," he said.

The boundaries for late closing hours range from Loring Park, Riverplace, the Warehouse area and Monte Carlo. Areas exempt from late closure include Cedar Riverside, Kenwood and the Walker Art Center.

Police said they pan to coordinate with local, regional, state and federal agencies ahead of the event.

 

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