by Hudson Star-Observer
December 21, 2011 at 3:28 am in Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson City Council on Monday night selected an Osceola restaurateur over one from Altoona to receive the city’s last available reserve Class B liquor and beer licenses. Continue Reading
Tags: Business, Food, retail 14 Comments »
Good people, very sucessful with great food! I wish them well!
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They should figure out a way to give out more liquor licenses. Let the market decide how many establishments we need. People aren’t going to drink more because another restaurant opens up. I would have loved to have a texmex place and that strip mall needs something to get it going.
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I was at the Council meeting and agree with Mr. Vanselow that both parties were equally qualified and both should have been given liquor licenses. Why should government be allowed to prevent anyone from doing business? The gentleman looking to open the TexMex restaurant has run and managed many restaurants and has a 20 year history in the business. He has been applying for a liquor license in Hudson for 2 years and was turned down once again with a purchase agreement in hand contingent upon the liquor license. I guess the city likes to see those empty strip malls, but apparently do not see the lost tax revenue as they continue to sit vacant. The TexMex venture was estimated to add $500,000 to the Hudson tax base. If a corporate restaurant (Green Mill, Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings) want to move in to town the Council is more than willing to approve additional licenses, but not for a small business owner.
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Kevin time to get some facts straight. There were members of Council fighting for the TexMex restaurant so i don’t think they would appreciate being lumped in to your statements. State law prevents the Council from issuing more licenses. It is determined by population. So their hands are tied. Sounded to me as I watched that if they could have they would have handed both out.
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With that being said. Randy Hanson could have done a much better job letting the readers in on the actual discussion. There was a lot said that was not printed.
Well-loved. Like or Dislike: 22 2
Time to change state law. Restaurants need liquor licenses to survive and the more the better. People have a couple drinks with their meals they don’t get wasted at Italian restaurants.
Somebody give Walker a call and have him change the law. There should be no limit in Hudson for restaurant liquor licenses.
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RUNVS- I wouldn’t say their hands are tied. In fact state law would actually allow them to create MORE licenses as Hudson limits their quota to 1 per 600. In a hypothetical town of 20,000 the state law would allow an additional 7 licenses. If the council is concerned with vacant buildings in Hudson (which was made apparent at the meeting) then there are steps that can be taken to make that happen.
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Keep in mind Kevin I am on your side with this. I believe the City should be allowed to hand out as many liquor licenses as they wish.
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You were right, RUNVS. Check out the updated web story.
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Thank you for the update Randy, the updated story is much more comprehensive and shows the views of the council members well.
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Why do we continue to complain about the CITY ordinance, yet do nothing about it? What does it take to change an ordinance? We aren’t re-writing the Constitution for crying out loud…
Fill up the empty buildings
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I agree that most the council- if not all would like more to be available. I think they should be able to give out as many as they see fit- they “run” the city…let em run it. I think we can assume they wont be giving one out for every single request, but it would be nice to have the option to do so.
They should look into this subject ASAP and hopefully award one to the tex mex joint also.
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So two buildings will remain empty, jobs will not be created, taxes will not be paid, leases won’t be written and paid, due to government regulation technicalities.
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OK Republican Representative Dean Knudson the ball is in your court. It’s time to get that job creation administration in fourth gear. We need more jobs. Denying entrepeneurs the opportunity to create jobs with outdated regulations is not aiding anyone.
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