City of Champlin welcomes the ‘Lil Bar’

Hudy’s Cafe expanding to include bar

by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers



The Champlin City Council met Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. to discuss an on sale intoxicating liquor license and Sunday sales license for Hudy’s Cafe and the Lil Bar located at the South Pond Center in Champlin.

The council issued a public hearing regarding the sale of intoxicating liquor and Sunday sales license for Hudy’s Cafe and the Lil Bar.

Melissa Hudy is proposing to expand her existing business, Hudy’s Cafe. She’d like to open a small neighborhood bar called the Lil Bar that would be attached to her existing business at South Pond Center. She is proposing they’ll be ready to open February or March 2014.

City Planner, Scott Shulte presented Hudy’s proposal to the council and added that since 1991 Hudy’s Cafe has been an enjoyable and unique asset to the City of Champlin.

Hudy is requesting a liquor license for the new building. The kitchen will be shared between the cafe and bar sections of the restaurant and alcohol would only be served in the bar portion. She plans to open the bar and grill portion of the restaurant at the same time that the cafe is open currently however, at 2 p.m. when the cafe closes, the bar and grill portion will remain open until 11 p.m. The addition would include approximately 45 additional seats.

During the public hearing resident Linda Vandelen raised her concerns about opening a bar at the site. Her concerns included congested parking, safety, and concerns regarding families that use the trails near the existing restaurants and young teams that often visit the neighboring DQ location.

Hudy responded to Vandelen’s concerns saying, “I have an 11-year-old son that we travel with basketball and we’ll stop at a sports bar and all the parents will have burgers and the kids will play games. It’s not going to be that kind of bar that has a bad influence on children. I can assure you that it’s going to be a nice, quiet quaint bar.”

The council also voiced their concerns regarding noise, parking, and safety.

One concern involving noise was addressed and it was requested that part of the conditional use permit restricts that trash be taken out from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to avoid noise complaints from the residents.

Outdoor seating was another issue that was raised during Monday’s meeting.

Hudy responded stating, “That is one thing that I was not interested in. That would be for the smokers and I’m not interested in promoting that. If I did offer outdoor seating they’d be out there smoking and drinking and that’s where the noise is going to come from. If I did anything I might add a little table with a couple of chairs and an umbrella.”

The council and Hudy discussed these concerns and the resolution was passed.



In other news, Mayor ArMand Nelson announced that after the meeting the council planned to tour neighborhoods in the city to review street light options. He also reminded residents that the next council work session was to be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room and the regularly scheduled meeting will follow at 7.

City administrator Bret Heitkamp also gave a special presentation regarding the discussions that took place at the Oct. 7 work session on the 2014 preliminary budget.

He stated that on Sept. 15 the city certified the preliminary levy to Hennepin County, meaning from this point forward the budget can go down but it can not go up. The council had an opportunity to hear presentations from department heads and hear a complete list of services that each of those departments provides, along with the proposed budget. The city is hosting a town meeting Monday, Dec. 9, and following that the 2014 certified levy will put in place.

Consent agenda items included the appointment of a public service worker for the public works ice forum, the approval of the bids for fire bay floor covering, a massage therapist license for summit chiropractic, an approval agreement with CGI Communications and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an agreement allowing the State of Minnesota to access City of Champlin right of way for the purpose of installing signs on the Mississippi River Trail.

Under new business there was a resolution approving a lot split of 106 Kimball Dr. and there was a reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance regarding street side yard setbacks.