FARGO - Youngblood Coffee Roasters wants to sell booze alongside its beans.

A Class GH liquor license is being sought for the Young Blood Coffee Co. shop downtown. The license would allow the java joint at 623 2nd Ave. N. to sell wine, sparkling wine and beer for consumption on the premises.

The request comes before the city’s Liquor Control Committee at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.

City Auditor Steve Sprague said the GH license has been around for a long time, and has been used by other coffee shops that wanted to expand their sales into the evening hours.

It requires the licensee to have at least 50% of the business’s annual gross receipts come from the sale of prepared meals rather than from the sale of alcohol.

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The initial one time fee for a GH license is $1,800, with an annual fee thereafter of $700. No bar is allowed, just table service, Sprague said Wednesday, July 21.

“It’s not super expensive, so it gives them a chance to get into it and try it for a little bit,” Sprague said.


The Forum has reached out to Youngblood Coffee Roasters for comment on the license request.

Youngblood used to have a location in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, too, but that shop is now permanently closed.

The committee will also hear a request by Touchmark at Harwood Groves for a Class A Club alcoholic beverage license.

Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive S., currently has a beer, wine and spirits liquor license with table service. The club license allows drinking at a bar.

“What they heard from their patrons is that they want the bar experience,” Sprague said.

The club license requires an organization to be in existence for 20 years, have at least 200 members and be organized as a fraternal or social group.

If the liquor board approves the license requests, they then go to the City Commission for public hearings and that body's approval.