The St. Paul Charter Commission is discussing a change to liquor licensing that could impact the number of liquor licenses allowed in each ward as well as the percentage of liquor sales required per restaurant. Currently, the liquor laws state that 40 percent of a restaurant's sales be attributed to liquor and 60 percent to food. The new law would lift those restrictions and allow restaurant liquor and food sales to not be restricted to any percentages.
Liquor and beverage programs have long been one of the most lucrative parts of operations. Restaurant owners can make a large percent of their profit based on their liquor sales and the 40 percent restriction means that there was a cap on how much profit St. Paul restaurant owners could create. This new law would allow restaurants to make more money and not have to limit their alcohol sales. Read more.