Mayoral veto, Council action paves way for Cupcake opening
Today, Mayor Chris Coleman vetoed Council Resolution No.12-538, which would have
denied a necessary parking variance for a Cupcake restaurant in Saint Paul.
Shortly thereafter, the Saint Paul City Council voted 0-7 to override the
mayoral veto. The veto effectively upholds the decision made by the Board of
Zoning Appeals, allowing for the parking variance for the Cupcake restaurant.
With unanimous action by the council, Cupcake is again on track to open on Saint
Paul’s Grand Avenue this summer.
this veto and the ensuing Council action, Cupcake can finally move forward with
their plans to open on Grand Avenue. Saint Paul is open for business and I am
excited to welcome Cupcake to Saint Paul,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.
utilize the parking plan unveiled on March 22, providing off-street parking for
10 additional vehicles by leasing a portion of two underutilized area parking
lots for employees and customers.
you to Mayor Coleman, Councilmember Thune and all those who worked on behalf of
my business,” said Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa. “We are eager
to move forward so that we are able to open in Saint Paul early this
Cupcake’s improved parking plan, we’ve come to an agreement that works for
Cupcake and works for the neighborhood,” Councilmember Dave Thune said. “I look
forward to welcoming Cupcake to Saint Paul.”
issue of the off-street parking deficit on Grand Avenue ultimately requires a
comprehensive solution, Cupcake’s improved plan is a positive development. We
welcome Cupcake to our community and look forward to this local business adding
to the uniqueness of Grand Avenue,” said Mark Berhow, President of the Summit
VanDeraa now plans to apply for a beer and wine license through the city’s
Department of Safety and Inspections, a process that requires the city to give a
45-day notice to neighbors of the restaurant.