Duluth Makes Several Changes to Alcohol Ordinance

There is now no distance requirement between churches and businesses that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption.

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Duluth officials made several changes to the city's alcohol ordinance Monday (Dec. 9) at the regular December City Council meeting.

Among the changes: 

  • The distance requirement between businesses holding licenses for on-premises alcohol consumption and churches was eliminated. City Attorney Steve Pereira noted that the change "recognizes a change in attitudes." He also noted that some churches now are setting up in commercial storefronts, and that the old regulation was a hamper for other businesses to develop. The new Duluth regulation is now consistent with state law.
  • Growler (draft beer to go) sales are now allowed in the C-2 (general commercial) zoning district. Previously, such sales had been limited to zoning districts in downtown.
  • The open area/outside consumption section was amended to allow patrons to consume alcohol in Parsons Alley downtown. The change was made at the request of Best of Brews on Main Street, who plans to construct an area for sales that would be apart from the outdoor area.
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Tom Wood December 11, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Having served on the Duluth City council for two terms in the early eighties, I can only imagine the uproar this issue would have caused then. At that time a city ordinance aimed at pinball machines, prohibited all electronic games in the city limits. A local business, Ken's Pizza, on Buford Highway, wanted a permit for a Pong video game that was set into a table, so the item was put on the council agenda. The meeting was packed with opposition to this 'vile game', led by several ministers who were no doubt well intended, though somewhat misguided. The permit was granted and Duluth survived, in spite of the predictions of dire circumstances to follow. Glad to see the alcohol ordinance changed.


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