The local restaurant that had given up on my ‘strange’ drinks and just put a button for me on their drinks menu has dropped their liquor license. Family issues, legal issues, mean the place will be getting a new name and when the license expired it didn’t make sense to renew it with the soon-to-be-old name. I found this out a week or so ago when I walked in and saw the bar devoid of bottles.
The place will be closed between Christmas and New Years to change some things. Looks to be perhaps more than just menus and signage. The owner mentioned what profits needed to be for the liquor, and as the place is more restaurant than bar (it’s not open late into the night as the bars are) it makes sense to drop hard liquor, and due to the way Minnesota law is set up, wine goes with it, and real beer as well. When the place re-opens there will likely eventually be beer again. But, being Minnesota, beer-only will mean mere 3.2 beer.
Hopefully the changes will 1) thwart the relative(s) who figured they could grab everything by grabbing the name 2) make the business (more?) profitable for the owner thus 3) ensuring the survival of the enterprise – even if I can’t get a right, proper drink there any more. Minnesota being Minnesota, there is public allowance for the silliness of 3.2 beer (it’s all any place not a liquor store can sell ‘off sale’ (for off-site consumption)). And I suppose being mere 3.2 it is somewhat low-carb – for beer, anyway.
And, due to a very good relationship with the owner, a few bottles he and his would not likely be using or drinking themselves have wound up in my possession. I might be set for some considerable time for a few good gins, a decent tequila, and I think I was the only creature he ever encountered who drank Campari at all. Really, I suspect there is only one place in town that might serve Campari now – and that place is known for being expen$ive. Besides, I can mix more at home than the local bars can – and I’m in the slow process of winnowing down the collection, as having done a lot of exploration, I think I can settle on a few things. And even then I’ll have a few ‘oddballs’ I’ll need to travel to get.