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Council listens to supporters of proposed restaurant, club

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Supporters of a plan by a Taylors Falls, Minn., couple to open a restaurant and music club in downtown Hudson expressed their views to the Hudson City Council Monday night.

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Half a dozen people told council members the business would be an asset to the downtown. They included Endre Govrik, who wants to open the Twisted Grille and Red Line Music Club, and Mellissa Dahl and her husband, Jeff Johnson, part owners of the building at 501 Second St. where the establishment would be located.

CocoBello shop owner Marianne Buckman, attorney Rob Wertheimer and town of Hudson resident Dr. Nickolas Tierney also advocated for the proposed restaurant and music club.

Govrik reapplied for a liquor license for the establishment after the City Council rejected his first application by a 4-2 vote on Jan. 17.

He had hoped for his new application to be considered by the council Monday night, but said he was told he didn't submit it in time to have it placed on the meeting agenda. In an earlier phone call to the Star-Observer, he said he didn't believe that was the case.

Monday night, Mayor Jack Breault said he wanted the entire council to be present when the new license application is considered. Alderman Michael Laatsch was absent from Monday's meeting and said to be on vacation.

After hearing comments from supporters of the proposed music club, Mayor Breault said the license application would be considered at the next council meeting that all the members are able to attend. He said that might not happen until March.

Tierney said the music club would be the type of upscale establishment that Hudson residents must now go to the Twin Cities to find. He discounted the idea that there isn't enough downtown parking for the club.

Dahl took issue with Council President Scot O'Malley's statement at the Jan. 17 meeting that a better use could be found for the building at the northwest corner of Second and Walnut streets.

"That's our choice," Dahl said of the owners' decision to lease the first floor and lower level of the building to Govrik. "I'm curious what better business could go there."

Buckman said the establishment would draw more Twin Cities shoppers and diners to Hudson.

Wertheimer said he is representing Dahl and Johnson on the issue, but as a resident of Hudson believes the restaurant and music club would be good for the city.

Govrik said the club would appeal to people like those present at the council meeting.

"I see you as our best customers," he said, addressing the council.

Rezoning approved

The council gave final approval to Mark Erickson's application for rezoning a 1.6-acre parcel on the south side of Crest View Drive west of Heggen Street from one-family residential district (R-1) to office district (OFC). Erickson has said he plans to construct an office condo building on the property.

A petition by First Presbyterian Church for the city to annex an 8-acre parcel on the north side of Vine Street east of the high school was referred to the Plan Commission. The congregation is planning to build a new church on the site.

The council gave up the city's ownership of unimproved Walnut and Eighth street right of way near the Jeff and Joanne Richie residence, 404 Seventh St.

Randy Hanson can be reached at rhanson@rivertowns.net.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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