A new restaurant and bar - Lure of Alexandria - will soon be opening in the building that used to house Bug-A-Boo Bay at 2800 N. Nokomis Street.

The Alexandria City Council approved on-sale and Sunday liquor licenses for the business at its Monday night meeting.

The liquor license takes effect on Wednesday, May 1, according to the application.

Andrew MacDonald, operating partner of Lure, said the restaurant hopes to open in late May. "The snow is slowing everybody down," he said.

The inside of the restaurant is being completely renovated.

MacDonald told the council that Lure will reflect Minnesota lake life and have the feel of a coastal vacation. He said the food, for example, will include walleye, along with seafood options such as crab cakes and peel-and-eat shrimp.

"It will be a little higher-end than Bug-A-Boo," he said. "It will be done right and set a new standard of excellence."

Unlike Bug-A-Boo Bay, which closed in the winter months, Lure tentatively plans to be open year-round, MacDonald said.

Live music from the patio will be offered on weekends in the summer.

The president and CEO of Lure is Cole Hanson of Detroit Lakes, who is the CEO and owner of the Zorbaz restaurant across the street from Lure. Hanson is the oldest son of the late Tom Hanson, who founded the Zorbaz chain about 50 years ago.