Cupcake's St. Paul plan hits roadblock over parking again

The Pioneer Press reports the St. Paul City Council voted to reject a plan for a popular Minneapolis bakery to open another location on Grand Avenue. City leaders say Cupcake needs to have 10 guaranteed parking spots to have a beer and wine license. And the bakery's owner says he would need such a license to afford to operate on Grand.
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The Pioneer Press reports the St. Paul City Council voted to reject a plan for a popular Minneapolis bakery to open another location on Grand Avenue. City leaders say Cupcake needs to have 10 guaranteed parking spots to have a beer and wine license. And the bakery's owner says he would need such a license to afford to operate on Grand.

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