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Liquor licenses approved; one has extra condition
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Two Woodbury Lakes restaurants received new liquor licenses, but one establishment will have extra scrutiny.

The Woodbury City Council on Oct. 13 approved a license for Lakes Tavern and Grill, which plans a Nov. 1 opening in the Woodbury Lakes development along Hudson Road. The license is for on-sale liquor including patio and Sunday sales.

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The council also approved a liquor license for Kinichi restaurant, but with the condition that the owner maintains an active management role in the business.

The council required that condition because an earlier application listed a husband and wife as owners, but the husband had a felony drug conviction stemming from a 2002 case. Other subsequent criminal convications raised "red flags" for city officials, Woodbury City Attorney Mark Vierling said.

A second liquor license application only listed the wife as owner, and council members said they want assurances the wife serves an active management role and was not listed as sole owner just to get the liquor license.

Council members said they want to give the owner a chance to succeed and comply with terms of the license. The license for Kinichi is for on-sale liquor and Sunday sales.

Council members also issued liquor licenses to three existing businesses -- two Applebee's locations and Ray J's Woodbury -- that have new corporate owners.

-Scott Wente

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