If she hopes to change the way she's perceived in time for next year's council elections, she didn't do herself any favors with the snotty and condescending voicemail she recently left for a prospective businessman who hopes to open a brewpub at the corner of 25th Street and Hennepin Avenue South.
[jump] The Southwest Journal provides some context about why the unnamed brewer reached out to Tuthill:
The brewery was asking Tuthill to change a recent [Tuthill authored] ordinance that required liquor stores to be at least 300 feet from a school's front doors. The brewery, according to Tuthill, wants to sell growlers of beer, making it an off-sale establishment within 300 feet of nearby Jefferson Elementary.A little over three weeks ago, Tuthill responded to the prospective business owner's email and left him a voicemail. The audio was published on the net last week by Minnesota Beer Activists. Here a transcript, followed by the raw audio:
I have an e-mail here that you would like to open a business in the Hennepin and Lake area. First of all, let me just tell you, geographically 25th and Hennepin is not Uptown -- (just) so that you kind of know your neighborhoods.
Secondly, I love the statement that it says 'being the first microbrewery in the area would be a great fit with our target customers and will help revitalize the Uptown area.' Are you kidding? It's revitalized, honey. It does not need to be revitalized. The reason you want to come there is because it is revitalized and it's doing just fine.
However, you are certainly welcome to open your brewpub there, as long as you meet current city ordinances, and no I will not be changing the ordinance for you. I don't work on changing ordinances, and neither do any of my colleagues, for one business.
Have a great day.
Condescending tone aside, Tuthill's statement about councilors not changing ordinances for particular businesses isn't true. As the Journal notes, last spring, councilor Gary Schiff authored an ordinance amendment that allowed breweries to open near churches. Impetus for the change came from Dangerous Man Brewing Company, which wanted to open in Northeast but was prohibited by ordinance from doing so at its preferred location. Schiff's amendment was approved and Dangerous Man is on track to be up and running at 1300 2nd Street NE soon.
Stifling a prospective job-creator, especially one that wants to contribute to Minneapolis' burgeoning beer culture, and doing so with an eyebrow-raising tone? The only thing that could make that combo less popular with the Uptown-area's hipstery hordes would've been if Tuthill devoted a sentence or two to bashing on tall bikes and Polica.