Wild Onion battle against St. Paul has a happy ending


For two years, the Wild Onion has launched a legal battle against the city of St. Paul for one humble dream: To serve liquor on its patio and sidewalk.

The Pioneer Press reports that the dream is now a reality, but on one condition. Actually, on 11 conditions.

The St. Paul City Council this week approved outdoor alcohol-with-food service areas for the Grand Avenue restaurant, ending a "legal odyssey" that began when Wild Onion owner Joseph Schaefer sued the city and city council member Dave Thune, the paper says.

In July 2011, Schaefer appealed a city council decision denying liquor sales on the outdoor patio, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected the complaint last year. A separate federal suit ended in a legal settlement in September 2012, according to the PiPress.

But there are 11 caveats for the Wild Onion, the St. Paul paper reports, including having security patrol its parking lot from 9 p.m. until the last car leaves. The neighbors have complained for a few years about the late-night dance crowd that shows up at the Onion.

"They're really trying to be good neighbors again," Thune tells the PiPress. "This means they're going to be able to get their patio, because they did exactly what we asked them to do."

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