St. Cloud JL Beers Closing

St. Cloud JL Beers Closing Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

May 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A little more than a year after it opened, the JL Beers location in downtown St. Cloud is closing.

The location's last day open will be Saturday, May 27th.

Owner Lance Thorson says he decided to close after concerns he voiced with the city about parking and safety fell on deaf ears.

"After a year of going through that and the city not paying any attention, it's like they don't want to see the downtown succeed," Thorson told KNSI News.

Thorson says no overnight parking was a big concern that he tried to get addressed, but to no avail.

"You can't leave your car overnight without getting a 20 dollar ticket. There's nobody on the streets but they'll still give you a ticket for it."

Mayor Dave Kleis was surprised to hear about Thorson's complaints after he says city staff worked with Thorson.

"I directed our folks to work, and I think we resolved that, and every conversation I had was positive," Kleis said.

Thorson says safety was also something he tried to address with the city.

"People have this mindset that downtown isn't a safe place to be, and it doesn't help when police are outside the 5th Avenue bars basically in riot gear."

In one of his communications with the city, Thorson says he told the city if something didn't change for the better that the restaurant would have to close.

He says any employees of the St. Cloud location who want to keep working for the Fargo based company are welcome to transfer to another location.

He says he loves the building, at the corner of West St. Germain Street and 8th Avenue North, and will probably lease it out.

He says if things change, there is a chance JL Beers could return to St. Cloud.


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