Lunds Highland Bridge
Lunds & Byerlys hopes to operate a bar at its new Highland Bridge store that is set to open on September 29.

The new Lunds & Byerlys supermarket at Ford Parkway and Cretin Avenue is one step closer to obtaining an on-sale liquor license. The Saint Paul Planning Commission on August 19 unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the expansion of the Highland Village commercial development district to include the 122-acre Highland Bridge development. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the expansion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy.

Lunds & Byerlys plans to open its new store on September 29, moving from its longtime location in the nearby Highland Village Center. Its hope is to operate a bar on the mezzanine level of the store. The Mezz, as it will be called, would have 30 self-serve taps featuring local craft beers, seltzers and wines, according to Lunds & Byerlys spokesperson Aaron Sorenson. Seating will be available indoors and atop an outdoor roof.

Saint Paul has more than a dozen commercial development districts—areas where businesses can get on-sale liquor licenses above the maximum number other­wise allowed in their wards.

The Highland Village commercial development district currently encompasses just the Chipotle restaurant at 2078 Ford Pkwy. The expanded district would include the Highland Bank building at 2100 Ford Pkwy., the two Highland Village Center buildings at 2110 and 2128 Ford Pkwy., and the Highland Bridge development.

The Highland District Council voted on September 1 to recommend the approval of the expanded commercial development district. The expanded district would only have the two on-sale liquor licenses—at Chipotle and Lunds & Byerlys. Highland Bridge master developer Ryan Companies has indicated that no additional on-sale liquor licenses are planned.

— Jane McClure

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