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MINNEAPOLIS - What do Minneapolis restaurants Tin Fish, Pizzeria Lola, Sun Street Breads, Pizza Luce on Lyndale and Broders' T3RZO Vino Bar all have in common?

They all are in the middle of neighborhoods, they sell food, but can only sell wine and beer and all of them have to abide by a 70-30 city charter.

"70-30, 70 percent food to 30 percent alcohol and not a drop more," smiled Molly Broder.

She may be smiling, but Broder also means business to try and get the regulation changed.

Dozens of businesses in Minneapolis are required to abide by 70-30, where 70% of sales has to be food and only 30% can be wine or beer.

The idea is to prevent neighborhoods from having bars on the corner and prevent the disturbances that can potentially come from those bars.

Minneapolis started to allow wine and beer sales at certain neighborhood restaurants in the 1990s.

"And at that time they wrote in the charter 70-30 and you could order a $2 beer and a $5 glass of wine and everybody was happy and that's not the world we live in anymore," explained Broader.

Broader said with the cost of craft beers and technology that now allows wine by the glass for some of the most expensive tastes, these days the bill for the food is at least equal to the bar tab,

You can now find petitions at neighborhood restaurants all around town, they need more than 10 thousand signatures to start the process for a change in the charter.

"We have only a couple thousand and we have to get to at least 11,000 benefit signatures," said Broader.

If they reach the number of signatures, it has a chance to be added to the voting ballot in the fall and ultimately it will be up to voters in the city of Minneapolis to decide whether to keep or get rid of 70-30.

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