Saturday is the ‘grand finale’ of Anokha’s ‘Social District’ pilot project.


As of last month, Anoka became the first city in the state to allow people to pick up alcohol in a designated cup from participating bars for a walk outside the “social district” to see how it goes. Is.

On Saturday afternoon, in the hours leading up to the end of the first-of-its-kind public consumption pilot project, people were hard-pressed to find parking spots to join the crowd in downtown Anoka.

As of last month, Anoka became the first city in the state to allow people to pick up alcohol in a designated cup from participating bars for a walk outside the “social district” to see how it goes. Is.

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“I think it’s unique, great for everyone. It’s a good thing,” Jolene Blue said as she celebrated her birthday with family in Anoka, all of them drinking beers outside.

Not everyone hanging out in town was there for the beer, wine and cocktails. Saturday was also the second annual Vintage Fest. Organizer Brandon Altenweg acknowledged that some of the crowd may have been affected by alcohol.

“This is three times more than last year. and you know what? I’ve been saying all day, ‘This is not me, this is not this incident.’ This is that city,” Altenweg said. “Build it and they’ll come to town.”

More people also meant more money for the event’s cause, Haven 4 Heroes, a transitional home for veterans in Anoka.

“This is really the social district, it’s for events like this,” Altenweg continued.

“We think it’s a good idea, especially long-term,” said Jess Pratt, who co-owns Ambi Wine Bar & Desserts with her husband.

Ambi was one of seven bars and restaurants that participated in the pilot project.

“I mean, it’s all a learning process,” Pratt said when asked about the experience of the month-long trial run.

“We didn’t know how people would react to it. And for the most part, people have really been responsible. So I think everyone is really impressed and hopefully that means we can make it a permanent thing.

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“It’s definitely coming back,” Altenweg said confidently. “Because you know why? Because people like it. They like it, they enjoy it. And sure enough, you turn around, and you can see it.

The final decision on whether to bring back the Social District as a more permanent fixture rests with the Anoka City Council.

Voting has not been scheduled as of this report.

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