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Richfield City Council Hears Report of Another Incident at Jun Bo Restaurant

The Richfield City Council learns of another incident at Jun Bo Chinese Restaurant over the weekend.

While renewing liquor license was not originally part of the Richfield City Council agenda Tuesday night, a fight that broke out early in the morning March 5 prompted a special report from Director of , Barry Fritz:

According to Fritz, Richfield Public Safety received a tip that an incident at the restaurant was a possible and, in an attempt to be proactive, the department had more patrol in the area on the evening of March 4 and the morning of March 5. Public safety officers entered the club around 12:45 a.m. for a routine check and soon after. Richfield called for back up from the airport and Edina Police departments and then as the dust began to settle officers decided to shut the establishment down for the rest of the evening.

After hearing the report, said, “I think [last weekend’s incident is] just another example of why we have an issue of whether or not this liquor license should be renewed."

The restaurant has a history of a high number of incidents dating back to its beginning in 2007. Most recently, a public safety report showed the restaurant had a total of 163 police calls between October 2009 and September 2010. As a result, when it came time for the council , the council split on its decision to renew or not—Wroge was not present at the meeting to cast a fifth vote.

Currently the restaurant is operating under a temporary liquor license, which was granted by the council when it couldn't reach a decision. The restaurant also has two items pending in the court system: One regarding failure to pay sales/use tax and the other regarding liquor sale percentages.

After more discussion Tuesday night, the council decided it would revisit the issue and make its decision at its April 12 meeting in hopes that the restaurant’s legal proceedings have finished.

In other business, the council approved the following items:

  • All consent calendar items;
  • An ordinance amending vacation leave approval;
  • Resolutions approving contracts with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, the Police Supervisors Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) Local 162 and the Police Officers and Detectives LELS Local 225 for a period of Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011;
  • Resolutions approving 2011 Management and General Services salary compensation plans effective the first full pay period in Jan. 2011.

The next city council meeting is at 7 p.m. March 22 at Richfield City Hall.

Rod March 09, 2011 at 10:23 PM
It is apparent that this establishment has not earned the right to have a liquor license. I would think that without a liquor license, Jun Bo would have a difficult time staying in business. Menards has expressed interest in building a bigger store. The Jun Bo property would be a good addition to Menards so that Menards could have the space available to build their Mega-Store.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) March 10, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Thanks for your comment Rod!
Mike McLean March 14, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Jun Bo and Menards will both be leveled for a new and larger Menards.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) March 14, 2011 at 05:23 PM
That Menards definitely needs some updating. If this does happen I bet it would be a beautiful store. With Home Depot so close they have to stay competitive! Thanks for your comments.
Mike McLean March 14, 2011 at 05:28 PM
They have already completed the soil testing for this project. I remember the first time I walked into Menards after Home Depot opened, I couldn't believe the customer service.
Mary Barnes March 15, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Good to be old. In the real world, you can buy food and pay in 120 days. Liquor, not so much. I remember Chi-Chi's spanish meaning "--- b00b. s My new people co-workers at EPP, use too work at this location. thank goodness we escaped to EDINA, up hill from RICHFIELD. I am all for a huge Menards, because it really sucks to drive Burnsville. Sorry Burnsville. Us natives on this side of the river, enjoy our peace and quiet, and fantastic police, fire, schools... We also do not care to drive EAST. Opps, that would be Stillwater, or River Falls. Crap, now we are in WI. But we love St. Louis park! Go park & 38th & Nicollet! 4 hole faucet, not 2, too funny. We love Crystal, too. Look out for those small planes..... Keep smiling, it is Spring, most of my lights are of f that darn evergreen, still have not seen any purple pine cones ,but of course the husband did not put up the snow fence... oh well. Mary PS, I will have to e-mail the cute landscapper!
James April 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM
When do you expect Jun Bo to be closed and Menards to take over the land?
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 17, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Well the attorney for the restaurant asked to keep the liquor license until Sept. 30 of this year, which was denied. I am assuming that was the close date, however without a liquor license to drive sales I wouldn't be surprised if it closed earlier.

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