Gary Schiff accused of making classist liquor store-brewpub distinction
-- Meg Tuthill responds to voicemail criticism
-- Meg Tuthill leaves snotty voicemail for prospective Mpls business owner [AUDIO]
-- Gary Schiff challenges Bradlee Dean to debate over "Third World" south Mpls comments
Meg Tuthill may not be interested in changing ordinances for specific businesses, but Gary Schiff is open to the idea.
Schiff, responding to the controversy Tuthill created with a voicemail she left for a prospective business owner who is being deterred from opening a brewpub at the corner of 25th Street and Hennepin Avenue South because the property he wants to use for the business is too close to Jefferson Elementary, told the Southwest Journal he thinks an ordinance change is "worth looking at." But the allegedly classist words he used to explain his view are drawing criticism.
"I think there's a big difference between a liquor store that attracts panhandlers being located near a school and a microbrewery that is only open after school hours and attracts a clientele that is willing to pay [a] premium price for a locally crafted beer," Schiff said. City ordinance currently bars all businesses that sell off-sale booze, including brewpubs, from operating on a lot that comes within 300 feet of a school's property line.
But some folks took to Schiff's Facebook page to take umbrage with the "clientele that is willing to pay a premium price" remark. Here's one example:
Schiff saw fit to respond:
But his response still left some feeling that an element of classism is at work in Schiff's liquor store-brewpub distinction:
Alleged classism aside, making a distinction in the ordinance between brewpubs that only sell growlers and full-fledged liquor stores would allow the proposed Pryes Brewing Company to open at 25th and Hennepin while continuing to prohibit full-fledged liquor stores from opening near schools.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Nicole Curtis hates 'affordable housing' that replaced south Minneapolis homes
- Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau will keep her job, but not without critics
- Minnetonka Schools remain oddly silent after teen assaults Chris Carr's daughter
- Luke McAvoy, ex-Minnesota football player, comes out in powerful essay