CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KMSP) - Since Prince's passing a year and a half ago, Paisley Park has seen 200,000 visitors with few problems. Now, it is looking to add alcohol to the mix for the Super Bowl.
When the Super Bowl comes to U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota will be in the international spotlight. Managers at Paisley Park hope visiting football fans will see plenty of purple and not just because they hope the Vikings will be playing in the big game.
Paisley Park is asking the City of Chanhassen for a special permit to serve alcohol the week of the Super Bowl. The Prince museum says it probably won't have a private event every night that week, but it is planning for cocktail parties for anywhere from 500 to 1,000 guests anyway.
“There are people who think that alcohol should be served at Paisley Park and alcohol shouldn't be served at Paisley Park to preserve the legacy,” said Chanhassen Mayor Denny Laufenberger.
Laufenberger says the request raised some eyebrows on social media because some fans say Prince didn't allow alcohol at public events at Paisley Park. But Laufenberger says it's not up to the City Council to figure out what Prince would or wouldn't want. It’s up to them to work with the mangers of his museum.
"Let's be clear, the City Council has the responsibility to make the best decision for the City of Chanhassen,” said Laufenberger. “We're concerned about public safety. We're concerned about responsible distribution of alcohol. We're concerned about Paisley Park respects the ordinance that is in place."
City administrators say Chanhassen never granted Paisley Park a special permit for alcohol in the past, but Laufenberger says that shouldn't stop it from getting one in the future.
"I'm confident that if the permit is granted, Paisley Park management would be able to responsibly handle distribution of alcohol," he said.
The public will have a chance to weigh in when the Planning Commission takes up the issue on Dec. 5. It will make a recommendation to the full City Council, which is expected to take some sort of action on Dec. 11.