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By Jennifer Hoff

New management hoping to revive Westfire Grille

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- A Rochester restaurant that lost its liquor license two and a half months ago is on life support. That's according to Rochester City Council President Dennis Hansen. But, potential new management has stepped forward hoping to revive Westfire Grille.

Dennis Wilson presented his plans to council members Monday afternoon at Committee of the Whole.

Wilson has seven ideas, including new wait staff and putting safety first.

The council revoked Westfire's liquor license in early May 2009.

Rochester police went before the council with evidence of assault and gang activity at the bar that put officers and the public at risk.

Wilson says he would talk to police to put a safety plan in place, create a more upscale atmosphere and get council approval before initiating any outside entertainment.

Council member Ed Hruska says he's not buying Wilson's plan. The other council members agreed.

They suggest Wilson come forward again soon with a more detailed business plan and meet with the police chief.

Their other concern was the building is still under the same ownership, who they say is the root behind many of the restaurants previous problems.

The previous manager though is no longer with Westfire.

The building is currently up for sale, but Wilson says the owner would reconsider that if Westfire could get its liquor license back.




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