IM council to hear requests to have outdoor bar service

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain City Council will have a special meeting at 2 p.m. today to consider two right-of-way closure requests to accommodate outdoor bar service.

Effective today, an executive order announced Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will tighten restrictions on social gatherings and close indoor bar service across the Upper Peninsula.

Sol Blu Lounge & Tap Room at 212 E. Ludington St. has a plan to take up two street parking spaces as well as the sidewalk in front of the business. Concrete barriers and/or cones would be used to block off the area, according to a request filed Thursday by Lee Formolo.

The Blind Pig 906 at 407 S. Stephenson Ave. seeks to use an alley behind the downtown bar, using temporary safety fencing to mark boundaries. The north side of the alley would be fenced off during business hours, with the bar using about 48 feet of the alley, Brittany Linsmeyer said in a request also delivered Thursday.

Linsmeyer noted the business would expect to be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and possibly one other night a week, using picnic tables and plastic glass wear.

“We would like to have live entertainment as well when weather permits,” Linsmeyer said.

Under the governor’s updated COVID-19 order, establishments must close for indoor service if, in 2019, they earned more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages. New businesses are permitted to use sales data from this year.

Today’s council meeting will be via Zoom, with meeting ID 731-974-4809. It can also be heard by calling 1-312-626-6799 and entering the meeting ID. Further instructions are available at https://www.cityofironmountain.com/.


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