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Minnesota sues local bar after it opened against COVID-19 restrictions
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The Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday filed a lawsuit against restaurant and bar Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville after it opened in spite of state coronavirus restrictions.
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MDH revoked Alibi's license to operate as a food and beverage service establishment 20 days after an initial warning on Dec. 22 after the restaurant continued to offer on-premises dining against Gov. Tim Walz's Nov. 18 executive order, according to MDH.
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"We do not take enforcement actions lightly," Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff said in a Saturday statement. "Even when there is no pandemic, the public depends upon the licensing of bars and restaurants as a basic public health measure – which is why the legislature requires that bars and restaurants have an active license in order to serve the public."
Walz issued order 20-99 barring restaurants and bars from offering on-premises dining when COVID-19 cases in Minnesota were spiking ahead of the holidays and has since eased restrictions as case numbers begin to fall slightly.
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Alibi's license expired on Dec. 31, and it has continued to operate without a license against state law, which prompted the lawsuit. The restaurant did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News.
Lisa Monet Zarza, the co-owner of Alibi Drinker, on Jan. 8 posted a video to the restaurant's Facebook page condemning the Jan. 6 Capitol riots but went on to say "the general consensus is that Americans are fed up."