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Dinkytown Business Owners Looking to Restrict Unruly Customers

Updated: 03/14/2014 6:52 AM
Created: 03/13/2014 6:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson

Tony Nicklow is whipping up a fruit salad. He says in the 12 years he's run Tony's Diner in Dinkytown rowdiness has never been a problem.

"We've never had an incident where things have gotten out of hand," he said. 

Tony's Diner, like a handful of businesses, stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends. He says, some type of security is common. Nicklow says, for the most part security is pretty tolerant. So for someone to be put on a geographic restriction, that person would have to seriously push the boundaries. 

"Unless someone is physically fighting someone of that nature then maybe it is a good idea," said Nicklow.

The Dinkytown Business Association is looking to recommend to the City Attorney that geographic restrictions  be applied to a person as a part of their probation who have a history of trouble making in the area.

Councilman Cam Gordon presides over Ward 2. He says the idea is not new.

"I've seen it happen in other cases. I think it has to be on a case-by-case basis. It usually helps when people put community impact statements into the courts so that people can understand why should this person be kept out of a certain area," Gordon said.  

Students in the area were not happy with the proposal.

"If they can't go there for a year they are probably losing a valued customer," one student said.   

Nicklow says, he believes keeping things cool and safe is about building a relationship with customers. But if necessary he would keep someone out his business. 


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