Maple Grove welcomes new Mexican restaurant

The Maple Grove City Council approved a liquor license for new business, Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, at its Monday, April 15 meeting.

The council also proclaimed May 18 as Arbor Day within the city.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



City Administrator Al Madsen said all the necessary background checks were completed for the liquor licence request from Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant will be located at 16314 County Road 30, in the old Orient Buffet site.

Mayor Mark Steffenson asked the applicant if he had ever been in the liquor business before with previous restaurants.

Applicant Fernado Arellano said he had. “My uncle owns a few [businesses] in Minnesota and Georgia,” he said. This site will be the fifth Teresa’s location.

Mayor Steffenson reminded the applicant that the city takes the liquor licenses very seriously and there would be several compliance checks throughout the year.

Councilor Phil Leith asked when the restaurant would be opening. Arellano said hopefully in July.

The council then unanimously approved the on sale intoxicating/Sunday sale liquor license for Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, subject to compliance with liquor license requirements in the city code.



The council also proclaimed Saturday, May 18, at Arbor Day in the city of Maple Grove. Events will run between noon and 4 p.m.

Some of the anticipated activities include: tree seedling distribution, a raptor presentation from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, brochures and information on trees by area tree experts and master gardeners.

Those attending the event can also receive information about the emerald ash borer invasion, controlling and treating buckthorn and the city’s Tree Inventory Project.

The city urges “all residents to observe this day by recognizing the importance tree have in improving our lives.”



In other action, the council:

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for the vacant position of a police receptionist in the police department due to the resignation of Kristi Carlson, which was accepted with an effective date of April 9.

APPROVED the hiring of Kathleen Powell to the position of part-time fire secretary, effective April 16, subject to a 12-month probationary period.