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Liquor license denial to be challenged

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River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A Taylors Falls, Minn., businessman who was denied a liquor license for a restaurant and music club that he hopes to open in downtown Hudson says he will challenge the decision.

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In a telephone call to the Star-Observer on Thursday of last week, Endre Govrik said he views the Jan. 17 vote by the City Council to deny a liquor license for his proposed Twisted Grille and Red Line Music Club as anti-business.

"We are going to challenge the ruling based on parking," Govrik said, contending that another restaurant that opened in downtown Hudson in the recent past wasn't required to provide off-street parking. He said he has hired Hudson attorney Phil Todryk to represent him in his dealings with the city, and that he plans to re-apply for a liquor license.

Govrik was expecting the City Council to review the new liquor license application at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Govrik and his wife, Erin, want to open the restaurant and music club in the Second Street building currently occupied by StarTech Computing Inc.

StarTech Computing Director of Customer Care Julie Johnson e-mailed the Star-Observer saying the company is in the process of locating professional office space elsewhere in Hudson.

"I wanted to let you know that StarTech Computing Inc. will remain a part of the Hudson community," Johnson wrote. "...This city is a wonderful place for us to have an office. The downtown location is just not the most appropriate for us and our business."

Also, the Govriks no longer own Seven Pines Lodge near Lewis, as was reported in last week's newspaper. They recently purchased the former Dalles House in St. Croix Falls (now The Dalles Char House) and operate Tangled Up in Blue in Taylors Falls.

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

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