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Alexandria distillery plans to serve drinks, food at warehouse

ALEXANDRIA - There may soon be a new place to sip whiskey in Alexandria - in the warehouse of a company that makes it, Panther Distillery. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to rezone the warehouse property from light...

ALEXANDRIA - There may soon be a new place to sip whiskey in Alexandria – in the warehouse of a company that makes it, Panther Distillery.

At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to rezone the warehouse property from light industrial to general business.

Panther Distillery, based in Osakis, bought the former Wedum Supply Building at the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Nokomis Street in Alexandria about a year ago and it’s been storing about 300 barrels of whiskey there.

Owners Adrian and Pamela Panther plan to partition off part of the 111-year-old building and operate a cocktail room with a restaurant.

The site was zoned light industrial because it once housed a creamery plant and a wholesale building supply company.

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The Panthers must still apply for a liquor and restaurant license. They said they will meet the city’s requirement of having at least 35 percent of their gross sales generated by food sales.

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