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Town approves proposal for Tin Cup by Little Greek

The Town of St. Paul will move forward with a new lease holder for the restaurant at the St. Paul Golf Course

ST. PAUL - The Tin Cup restaurant at the St. Paul Golf Course will have a new lease holder in the New Year.

Town of St. Paul council has approved a proposal from Greg and Michelle Milonas to operate the Tin Cup. The Milonas family previously operated the Little Greek restaurant in St. Paul for 17 years.

The current lease holder chose not to renew his lease, according to information presented at the Oct. 13 council meeting.

CAO Kim Heyman noted the Milonas' are experienced and have a "local following." They see the potential in the patio and beer carts, and their proposal was well done and addressed many of the items put forward by the town, said Heyman.

"We only received one proposal, and the current leasee chose not to apply," said Heyman. "Their vision is certainly in line with what administration would like to see from the Tin Cup."

Heyman stated that she was pleased with the vision of the proponents, as well as their experience. The proposal requested a three-year lease with an option to renew for two more years. 

In the proposal, it stated that the Milonas' "look forward to starting a new opportunity operating the Tin Cup within our beloved town's golf course." The proposal states they are looking forward to once again experiencing the "joy that comes from serving our patrons on a daily basis." 

The proposal also offers new ideas that could be introduced, such as "Wine Flight Nights, business lunch specials, grab 'n go options, delivery, and more.

The annual lease payments by the Town of St. Paul cover the operating costs of the building, explained Heyman. The funds ensure the utilities are paid and the building is kept in good repair, since it is town property. The annual lease payment is $49,500.

Mayor Maureen Miller said she felt it was a "very promising proposal."

A motion to approve the proposal as presented for a three-year lease with an option to renew for two more years, was carried. 

Mobile food vendors

Also discussed at the Oct. 13 council meeting was the updated Business License Bylaw, which now includes rules around mobile food vendors. Second and third readings of Bylaw 2020-14: Business License Bylaw were carried during Monday night's meeting.

At a previous council meeting, when first reading was carried, some councillors asked for clarification around provincial and health approvals. On Monday, Director of Protective Services Trevor Kotowich clarified that as a regulatory body, the Town of St. Paul can ask mobile food vendors for proof of all applicable permits.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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