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Fifty Lakes: Bar must find new way to cook chicken wings

The bar can continue selling wings by completely cooking them in the fryer, but Steve Maeger, Fifty Lakes liquor manager, said the quality is not as good. Maeger said the bar staff is experimenting with different ways to cook wings using the auto-fryer, which is the only approved cooking equipment in the kitchen, and will continue to do so. PineandLakes.com Illustration1 / 2
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A food inspector came to the 50 Lakes Bar and Bottle Shop at the beginning of the month and staff learned the roasters used to cook chicken wings and the St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage is not approved equipment for the kitchen.

The bar was allowed to serve the corned beef and cabbage in the roasters this year because of all the advertising that had been done, but it will have to figure out a different plan for St. Patrick's Day in the future.

The bar can continue selling wings by completely cooking them in the fryer, but Steve Maeger, Fifty Lakes liquor manager, said the quality is not as good. Maeger said the bar staff is experimenting with different ways to cook wings using the auto-fryer, which is the only approved cooking equipment in the kitchen, and will continue to do so.

In other liquor department business at the March 13 city council meeting, the council:

• Agreed to buy a new camera system for the bar and liquor store, as the current one is not allowing anyone to log in and view the footage. The new 12-camera system from Emily Cooperative Telephone Company is $2,747.73, and the council agreed to pay an additional $250 to upgrade from 3TB to 9TB of recording storage.

• Approved raises for bartenders Diana Johnson, Rory (Ole) Olson and Sunni Johnson, as well as cleaner Jim Berquist.

• Discussed sending Maeger and possibly one other bartender to the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association Conference April 28-30 in Alexandria. Maeger said he is willing to go and will talk to the other bartenders.

• Heard from Maeger that pull tab operations are improving, and council members expected further discussion on adding some boxes back at the Fire Relief Association's meeting March 14.

• Accepted the city's 2017 audit report and learned the city must hold a public hearing within the last 45 days before the end of 2018, which is protocol when a municipal liquor store has an operating loss before transfers in at least two of the last three consecutive years.

Theresa Bourke

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