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Sports bar, restaurant planned for old Perkins

A major sports bar franchise will take over the Perkins Restaurant building on Crest View after Perkins moves to a new location, if the city gives the sports bar a liquor license, the Hudson City Council was told Monday night.

Attorney Ryan Cari related the plans for the Perkins building to the council in the absence of Dennis Lovold, who has applied for a reserve Class B liquor and beer license for the proposed establishment.

At its Nov. 21 meeting, the council postponed action on a Mexican restaurant's application for the single new liquor license the city has available after learning that Lovold, a partner in the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express motels, also was requesting the license.

Lovold was unable to attend Monday night's meeting.

Cari said he wasn't at liberty to reveal the name of the sports bar that Lovold would bring to the Perkins building, but that it would be on the order of a Champp's sports bar or nicer.

He said the developers would spend $750,000 on renovations to the building and create 30 to 40 jobs, seven of them full-time positions. The projected annual payroll of the business would be $400,000, he said.

The owners of a Fiesta Mexicana restaurant also seeking the available liquor license made their second visit to a council meeting.

Jorge Solis of Rochester, Minn., said they have leased the space occupied by the former Happy China Garden restaurant in the Plaza 94 shopping center and will open there in mid-January.

Mayor Jack Breault instructed Solis to provide the kind of detailed information on the financial impact that his restaurant would have that Lovold had provided.

Breault said the council would weigh the benefits each business would bring to the city, and decide which one to grant the license to, at a future meeting.

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.

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