Liquor licenses approved for two Anoka establishments

Two bar and restaurant establishments in Anoka have received liquor licenses.

Earlier this month the Anoka City Council approved an on-sale intoxicating liquor license as well as a Sunday liquor and a 2 a.m. license for Coyote Sands, located at 821 East River Road.

Twice before, in October 2012 and May 2013, Coyote Sands had received approval from the council for the same licenses, according to City Manager Tim Cruikshank.

“However at the time the council approved the building was still under construction,” Cruikshank said.

If a certificate of occupancy is not issued within 90 days of the approval, the liquor license becomes void, which is what happened with both of the earlier approvals.

According to owner Wayne Senior, Coyote Sands is now open for business.

The liquor license was approved on a 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Carl Anderson opposed. During the hearing Anderson raised concerns about the 2 a.m. liquor license so close by a residential neighborhood. Anderson questioned whether the business could do without the late-night liquor license, but Senior said he wants to be able to compete with other bars up the road in Coon Rapids.

Coyote Sands is next door to an apartment complex.

Senior said the porch area has been closed in and insulated. The restaurant recently held a private event that included a band, and received no complaints from the neighbors.

“It’s been tested there is no issue that there is sound coming out of the building,” Senior said.

Cruikshank said in the past, “the city has received phone calls from adjacent properties who have expressed concern over the liquor licenses and noise.”

The restaurant also holds a conditional use permit in order to operate, which was approved in 2012.

Conditions placed on the property tried to address past concerns about late-night noise and light when the business formerly operated as Frisky’s.

City Attorney Scott Baumgartner said neighborhood concerns could be addresses as part of the city’s noise ordinance, which limits loud noise, rather than as part of the liquor license.

The conditions also limit outdoor activities from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Violations of the conditional use permit would trigger a shut-down of the business, Baumgartner said.

“I know that there’s some apprehension about this moving forward… by some of those same residents,” Councilmember Jeff Weaver said.

According to the staff report, the liquor license is only for the inside of the building – no alcohol could be sold or consumed outside.

QBitez liquor license

A new bar and restaurant, QBitez at 3507 Round Lake Blvd., has received approval for an on-sale and Sunday liquor license.

This new establishment is connected to neighboring salon business Q-Nails.

Although according to City Clerk Amy Oehlers, because alcohol will be served, the state requires separation between the two businesses. They are allowed to have an interior connecting door that would allow patrons of the salon to enter the restaurant and bar area.

Alcohol cannot be sold or consumed in the salon.

The licenses were unanimously approved by the council.

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