By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL, MN Thirsty’s Tavern is now able to sell strong beer and wine, according to recent state approval and action by the Dassel City Council last Monday.
Mayor Mike Scanlon noted that the state found everything in order when it checked receipts from Thirsty’s, showing that it receives 60 percent of its revenue from food sales.
“It will help all around (with sales),” owner Rob Walters commented Wednesday about the news.
The council previously took action in July on granting a permit to Hojie’s Grill, which included changing the city ordinance to accommodate this request.
Hojies was a candidate to obtain a strong beer license because it is an establishment that draws 60 percent of its sales from food.
This is the same process followed by Thirsty’s, and the council granted a license and issued a strong beer permit to Thirsty’s as well.
The action Monday was done by a split vote of 4-1, with Council Member Pat Haapala voting against, and those in favor being Mayor Mike Scanlon, as well as council members Alesia Warner, Bob Wilde, and Bob Lalone.