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Licenses approved for new restaurant to open in Atwater

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local Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ATWATER -- Liquor and gaming licenses were approved Wednesday for a restaurant that's scheduled to open this month in Atwater under new ownership.

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The Atwater City Council granted the licenses to Jess Davies and Marvin Fedewerd, who will be operating The Railside bar and restaurant in the Atlantic Avenue building that had been the home to Revy's bar and lounge for many years.

Most recently the Great Western Steakhouse had been located there.

That short-lived business closed early this spring, leaving a big gap in the town's business district.

After granting the licenses, the council wished the new owners of the restaurant good luck with the venture.

The council has received official notification that it received a $90,000 matching grant from the Minnesota Historical Society so the Hotel Atwater can be renovated for use as a city office, police department and library.

The city had received preliminary notification in October that the grant had been awarded to Atwater.

The council hasn't made a definite decision on whether to proceed with the project. That final decision could depend on the real costs for the projects. The council has been working only with estimates.

In other action:

- The council was informed through a letter from CenterPoint Energy that the natural gas rates would increase 6 percent in January.

- A resolution was approved putting three past due unpaid fire bills onto the property taxes of the individuals who required the services of the fire department. The unpaid bills total $2,192.

- The council approved tax assessments totaling $21,664 to residents affected by the improvements on Washington Avenue.

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