Have you ever been to a really cool, really small bar in San Francisco or New York and wondered why we don’t have a bunch of little drinking spots more like Dusty’s in Northeast than new full service kitchens? Well, the short answer is bureaucracy. In an effort to curb people causing trouble after getting hammered, MPLS has a policy that restaurants have to have a 60% food – 40% alcohol revenue. It’s why you have to order fries and not just beer at a spot like Anchor Fish and Chips. And maybe it was a good rule at some point, but now that all our local beers are $6 or more, the ordinance is increasingly difficult to maintain. Last week the MPLS City Council (New . . . Young . . . Diverse!™) did away with the rule in commercial corridors like Uptown, and residents will vote on getting rid of the ordinance for neighborhood bars and restaurants in November.