FARGO — The Fargo Liquor Control Committee on Wednesday, July 28, approved liquor licenses for a Fargo coffee shop and a senior living center.

In other action, the board rejected proposed changes to requirements a business must meet to receive and maintain a Class FA liquor license.

When it came to license approvals, the board gave the OK for Youngblood Coffee Roasters to receive a Class GH license. The coffee shop is located at 623 2nd Ave. N.

The license will allow Youngblood to sell wine, sparkling wine and beer for consumption on the premises.

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

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A GH license requires that a business 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.

The initial one time fee for a GH license is $1,800, with annual fees thereafter of $700.

Under a Class GH license, no bar is allowed, only table service, according to Sprague.

The liquor control committee also approved a Class A Club alcoholic beverage license for Touchmark at Harwood Groves.

Touchmark, a senior living center located at 1200 Harwood Drive S., already had a beer, wine and spirits liquor license with table service. The club license will allow drinking at a bar.

"They want that physical bar setting," Sprague told the liquor board Wednesday.

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

The board also heard from Brent Edison, an attorney representing SouthTown PourHouse, which holds an FA liquor license.

Brent Edison of Vogel Law speaks to the Liquor Control Committee on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Fargo City Hall.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Brent Edison of Vogel Law speaks to the Liquor Control Committee on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Fargo City Hall. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

An FA license requires that at least 50% of a licensee's proceeds be generated by food sales, a threshold SouthTown PourHouse has run into problems with in the past.

On Wednesday, Edison proposed a change to the city's rules for FA licenses that would maintain the 50% requirement when it comes to food sales, but include a new provision that would allow a business to keep its FA license if it has at least $50,000 in food sales per month.

Edison said there isn't anything magical about the $50,000 figure, but he said such a threshold would make it clear a business is a genuine restaurant.

The board voted unanimously to reject the proposal.