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EAST LANSING – East Lansing has a lively nightlife filled with businesses that help the community thrive.
There are many establishments that serve alcohol, which led some councilmembers to oppose a liquor license application from Tin Can East Lansing, 408 E Michigan Ave., at the City Council meeting.
The application asked approval for a special use permit to place a restaurant/bar serving alcohol under a Class C liquor license.
The disagreements were focused around the 50-50 alcohol-to-food sales ratio that the council unanimously passed in 2013.
Councilmember Kathleen Boyle suggested an amendment to the proposal that states the restaurant open at 11 a.m. instead of opening at 3 p.m. Councilmember Ruth Beier seconds this motion.
The East Lansing Alcohol Related Laws and Ordinances Charter, chapter 18, says that only hotels, motels and restaurants can legally serve alcohol.
This was Boyle and Beier’s concern. They said that there is no way this establishment can be a restaurant if it can’t open until 3 p.m.
Beier said another reason she is opposing this motion is because East Lansing has many places downtown to drink until 2 a.m. and she doesn’t believe the city needs another one. She said there are not many establishments for people that don’t want to drink until 2 a.m.
Mayor Nathan Triplett said he is supporting the motion because Tin Can East Lansing has proven that it can operate downtown and taken action to prove a successful business plan. He also said that if Tin Can is unable to meet the 50-50 requirement there are different steps it can take to save the business from failure.
There were no comments from the audience and the council approved the motion.