As the November elections approach, local restaurateurs and concerned citizens are ever more vocal about a rule they'd like to see abolished.
The onerous 70-30 rule requires that restaurants in residential areas earn at least 70 percent of their revenue from food sales and no more than 30 percent from alcohol. Voters will decide for themselves in a few short weeks, by answering yes or no on ballot question 2: "Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove mandatory food to wine and beer sales ratios?"
In addition to yard signs blazoned with the "Yes On 2" logo, Citizens for a Modern Minneapolis has recruited local musicians to help spread the word -- resulting in this adorable and slightly cheesy video starring Jeremy Messersmith, members of Rogue Valley, and John Munson. Did they write a little song to help you remember to vote "Yes On 2"? You bet they did.
The video is set in the cozy dining room of Corner Table, where Messersmith and Rogue Valley's Linnea Mohn are celebrating the completion of a new record. They pop a bottle of champagne! They toast to "cranking out the hits"! They joke about eating horses!
But then suddenly, Messersmith and Mohn are faced with a stark reality. Waiters deliver their entrees, but they don't stop there. They begin to pile on plates, squeezing them onto the table and forcing the pair to rearrange to make space.
Why? Well, as the maître d' helpfully explains, in order to offset the purchase of that celebratory bottle of champagne, the lovely duo would have to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of extra food. It's an important (and mouthwatering) visualization for anyone who isn't clear on the absurd limitations of the 70-30 rule.
And this isn't the only amazing "Yes On 2" video out there. Check out this hilarious video starring former mayor R.T. Rybak, Megan O'Hara, Sue Zelickson, and the insidious Inspector Downer. Awesome awkward dialogue, a few slip-ups, cheesy characters -- it has it all.
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