October 08, 2012
A new restaurant-bar is coming to downtown Mankato. Bull Pucky’s got the go-ahead on its liquor license request from the Mankato City Council last night… but not without some bumps along the way. Council member Mike Laven said the new business plan was too similar to the former restaurant bar that had been in the same location, because Laven says, it couldn’t meet the 40% food sales ratio requirement. He told KTOE News that his concern is the business plan will lead Bull Pucky's to become a place to show up late at night for drinking and not a place for food.
Council member Mark Frost spoke up and said that "the fact is if people want to invest in this city, I'm not going to turn any of them down." He said he will eat at the new restaurant.
Shawn Clow owns the building and said Council member Laven was wrong. Clow says he was familiar with the previous restaurant - bar , Hazzard, that Laven was referring to, and there was no problem with the 40% food ratio, CLow says that Hazzard closed due to management issues.
In the end, the city council voted, albeit with Laven's lone no vote, to grant the license to Bull Pucky's.
Owner Beth Steinbach tells KTOE that she plans to open this month.