Block E Hard Rock gets committee nod

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June 18, 2002 // UPDATED 1:25 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Kevin Featherly
Kevin Featherly

We now have a better idea of what to expect when the proposed Hard Rock Caf moves into Block E.

During a public hearing June 12, the City Council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services committee voted to approve a Class D liquor license, which allows a business to have a jukebox and TVs, provide live entertainment and allow dancing on the premises.

The business will include a 138-seat indoor restaurant, and a 27-drinker bar area. An outdoor patio will have capacity for 88 revelers. Clara Schmidt-Gonzales, deputy director of the city's licensing division, told committee members that Minneapolis' Hard Rock will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will occupy 7,920 square feet on street level at 600 Hennepin Ave.

The liquor license would be the first granted under the Block E redevelopment plan. The City Council must also take up the issue and it must receive the mayor's approval before the license is officially granted.

Like all of the 105 Hard Rock Cafes around the world, the business will display rock'n'roll memorabilia and sell souvenirs, and it will offer basic American food like burgers, chicken and steaks.

Schmidt-Gonzales said the business has passed reviews by the Health Department and Minneapolis Police Department. "No problems were ascertained," she said.

She also said all residents within 300 feet of the space were informed of the public hearing, but no residents attended.