Otsego Council grants Cowboy Jack’s request to serve until 2 a.m.

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing writer

The Otsego City Council agreed to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. at their regular meeting Nov. 13.

Recently opened Cowboy Jack’s had asked the city to change the hours allowed by a city-granted liquor license. Previously, city ordinance had allowed establishments to serve alcohol until 1 a.m.

Otsego’s newest restaurant and bar will now be able to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.

“As far as I know it’s the first time we’ve been asked to change it,” said City Administrator Lori Johnson. “But the council didn’t have any issue with it.”

The council also recently agreed to re-join the I-94 Corridor Coalition and heard from Council Member Tom Darkenwald about a meeting he recently attended.

The council agreed that rejoining the group would give them the opportunity to help shape future projects on I-94. Of particular interest to the city and its residents would be an interchange project along the city’s western edge.

“That would open up additional housing areas. Also, industrial and commercial areas. And it would be a benefit to residents, as well,” Johnson said.

No project has been developed yet but the city hopes to keep abreast of when transportation money becomes available and be in an advantageous position to be able to lobby for such a project.

The council also approved some repairs to sewer and water buildings, some of which were caused by storms and paid for by insurance.