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Council to consider Boardwalk liquor license

The East Grand Forks City Council will consider an on-sale liquor license for a restaurant and bar located in a controversial downtown building next week.

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The Boardwalk building. Herald Staff Photo.

The East Grand Forks City Council will consider an on-sale liquor license for a restaurant and bar located in a controversial downtown building next week.

A license application was submitted under the name JDM, LLC, according to a packet for Tuesday's meeting. Its trade name is listed as the Boardwalk with the address of 415 Second St. N.W.

The consideration will come roughly a year after the City Council voted to conditionally renew a liquor license for the Boardwalk Bar and Grill on the condition that an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan associated with the building owned by Boardwalk Enterprises be resolved within a year.

The meeting packet does not include any information regarding the status of the loan.

The Boardwalk Enterprises loan has been a source of controversy since April 2014, when city staff members first said in a public meeting that it has gone unpaid. Boardwalk officials have cited construction and other costs for which they argue the city is responsible.

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Public documents list Boardwalk Enterprises partners as Dan and Scott Stauss, Mayor Lynn Stauss' brother and son, respectively, but the mayor has said he wasn't aware of the loan. The license application for the restaurant only lists Jane Moss as a partner in JDM.

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