PURCHASING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council of the city of Duluth hereby denies the permanent expansion of the designated serving area of the following on sale intoxicating liquor license for the period ending August 31, 2008.
Player’s Grandstand, Inc. (Player’s Sports Bar), 4024 Grand Avenue.
Alcohol, gambling and tobacco commission discussion: 4/2/2008: Rick McArthur was present on behalf of the application. Mr. McArthur explained that he moved a 13x24 foot deck from another business and attached it to the back of his bar and would like to extend his premises to the deck for customers to use to drink and smoke. To questioning from the commission, Ms. Lutterman replied that the city has a concern that this deck has a roof that was built without the benefit of a building permit and questioned if the deck meets current building code. Ms. Lutterman stated that a letter has been sent to the applicant from building safety that indicates that work was done without a permit and requiring the owner of the building to take corrective action. She further stated that the administration and the police department would like the commission to table this application to give the applicant an opportunity to correct the building code deficiencies. Mr. McArthur expressed frustration that when trying to do the right thing and license the deck, he has received no help from building safety. He stated that he has contacted building safety several times trying to get a permit, and that their requirement changes with every discussion. He continued saying that he has taken the plastic off the walls at the request of the fire marshal, but left one side up at the request of the neighboring duplex. Mr. McArthur explained the last issue is the roof and has been told either he has to get an architect to design the roof or the roof has to come off. In response to questioning from Ms. Lutterman, Mr. McArthur stated he has not lost any parking spots with this deck, and that he has 30 spots across the alley for his customers. To questioning from the clerk, Mr. McArthur stated that he plans on using the deck the same hours he is open. There being no further discussion, Mr. Hanson moved that THE APPLICATION OF PLAYER’S GRANDSTAND, INC. (PLAYER’S SPORTS BAR), 4024 GRAND AVENUE, FOR PERMANENT EXPANSION OF THEIR ON SALE INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSE FOR THE PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 31, 2008, BE APPROVED, SUBJECT TO BUILDING SAFETY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL AND THE SAME BE RECOMMENDED TO THE CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. Mr. Hammack seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.