By Amanda Schwarze Staff Writer
By Amanda Schwarze
A local business will likely be moving into the old Kenny’s Market site in downtown Long Lake this fall.
Lakeside Wine and Spirits liquor store owner James Keeler has recently announced his intentions of moving into the long-empty building, located at 1916 West Wayzata Boulevard. The store has been located on Willow Drive for more than 15 years.
The move, though, requires that Keeler obtain a new liquor license. The issue came up before the Long Lake City Council at its July 31 meeting. Long Lake City Clerk Jeanette Moeller said that according to a record check completed by the Wayzata Police Department, Keeler has been a responsible liquor license holder. The council unanimously approved a motion to issue a license for Lakeside at the new location.
According to a memo written by Moeller to the council, Keeler plans to close the store at the current location Sept. 29 and open at the new location Oct. 1.
Long Lake Mayor Tim Hultmann said he thought the move was "wonderful." He said that he as been asked many times over the years what was the plan with the old Kenny’s Market site.
"I think it will be a great addition to the downtown area," City Councilor Donny Chillstrom said. He also said that the people at Lakeside Wine and Spirits have been great to work with during special events in the city.
"I think it will be a positive impact," City Councilor Tom Skjaret said.
City Councilor Brian Carpenter asked what steps city officials might be able to take to ensure that the building is brought back into compliance with current codes. City Attorney Jeff Carson said that a certificate of occupancy would not be issued until the building was compliant.
Brian Keeler, a manager at Lakeside Wine and Spirits, told the council that the plan is to purchase the building. He said that the liquor store would take over the space in the middle of the building and look to rent out the two ends to other tenants. He also said that Lakeside officials will clean up the site.
"Thank you for moving downtown," City Councilor Liz Olson said.