Late nights for Domino’s

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Domino’s Pizza at 19th Avenue and Johnson Street NE got Minneapolis City Council approval Sept. 2 to stay open until 3 a.m. every day. The extended-hours license is in place for one year, and if neighbors are unhappy with the operation a year from now, they can ask the Council to re-restrict the company’s license.

Domino’s Pizza owned the Johnson Street store until Feb. 14, when it and 25 other company-owned stores were sold to Ultimate Challenge LLC, owned by Bill Graves of Willmar. According to a Domino’s news release, Graves has owned Domino’s stores since 1985, and Ultimate Challenge now owns 73 in six states.

Doron Clark, who lives very close to Domino’s, worked with the Windom Park Citizens in Action neighborhood organization to negotiate some conditions on the hours extension. They wanted Domino’s to have a “property liaison” who could quickly deal with issues related to the Johnson Street location. They wanted assurances that any graffiti would be removed immediately, and that snow would be cleared quickly from the property’s sidewalks.

“Domino’s agreed that they would do that,” he said.

“This place has been operating at those hours for years,” he said, even though its license specified shorter hours. “It wasn’t a problem property,” and officially allowing what was already happening without any problems seemed reasonable, he said.

The existing license calls for Domino’s to be open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A report from Michele Olds of the Minneapolis Inspections Department also indicated no major problems at the location. “There are no significant police calls for service at this location,” the report states.  “Licenses and Consumer Services records show that there have been two cited violations related to operating outside the allowed hours of operation.  Licenses and Consumer Services has not received complaints regarding noise or unruly customer issues.”

At the Sept. 2 meeting, 9th Ward Council Member Gary Schiff praised the citywide extension of Domino’s hours. “We are creating jobs without a dime of subsidy by taxpayers…by deregulating the rules for small businesses.” He cited regulatory relaxation involving food carts, pedicabs and micro breweries as other examples of pro-business council actions.