A decision on business licenses for the new owners of Billy’s on Grand, 857 Grand Ave., has been delayed. The Saint Paul City Council was poised to act on December 15 regarding a request to continue a 2 a.m. closing time, as well as other liquor, gambling and entertainment licenses for the business’ owners, DWD Group LLC. However, the council sent the request back to a legislative hearing officer at the request of Ward 2 council member Rebecca Noecker.

The new owners of Billy’s are operating under licenses held by the previous owner. The city’s Department of Safety and Inspections and City Attorney’s Office informed Noecker that a potential adverse action is pending against Billy’s, and recommended that the matter go back for a second legislative hearing on that issue. The city considers an adverse action when there is a violation of license conditions.

This fall, a legislative hearing officer recommended approval of the licenses with conditions. That action has been pending before the City Council since November.

Billy’s has had a 2 a.m. closing time for almost two decades. Neighbors contend it has led to property damage and late-night disruptions from loud patrons, revving car engines and drag racing. The new owners have disputed those claims and said they are working to operate a good business.

In October, deputy legislative hearing officer Nhia Vang indicated that nothing in the applicants’ background and management of the business thus far warrants denial of the licenses.

The Summit Hill Association recommended approval of the licenses, but asked for consideration of a 1 a.m. closing time. Ten neighbors have filed objections to the business licenses, most of them focused on the 2 a.m. closing.

— Jane McClure


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