Title: Crow Wing County Establishment Faces Liquor License Suspension
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ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED) has notified Mission Tavern of Merrifield that they face a 60-day suspension of their liquor licenses for ongoing violations of Executive Order 20-99 by selling alcohol for on-premises consumption.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) determined that Mission Tavern had allowed on-site consumption on Nov. 25 in violation of Executive Order 20-99. MDH then issued a cease-and-desist order on Nov. 30 and the restaurant came into compliance with the order. After Mission Tavern re-opened for on-site dining on Dec. 11, MDH issued another cease-and-desist order and an Administrative Penalty Order, which included a $10,000 penalty and a license suspension notice.

Mission Tavern continues to ignore the MDH cease-and-desist order and remains open for on-premises consumption of food and alcoholic beverages in violation of EO 20-99. As a result of these actions, DPS-AGED intends to suspend the liquor license of this establishment for 60 days, pending a hearing before an administrative law judge. Mission Tavern will be notified of the intent to revoke its license for five years if there are further violations.

In addition to today’s action, DPS-AGED previously issued a Notice of Liquor License Suspension to:

  • Boardwalk Bar & Grill LLC, East Grand Forks
  • Alibi Drinkery, Lakeville
  • Neighbors on the Rum, Princeton

A virtual hearing in the Boardwalk Bar & Grill LLC case has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 23 before Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced earlier today that his office has filed lawsuits against Lakeville restaurant Alibi Drinkery and Princeton restaurant Neighbors on the Rum for violating EO 20-99. His office also announced today that it has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against Alibi Drinkery.

Under Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-99 Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (EO-99), all restaurants and bars are prohibited from selling alcohol for on-premises consumption through Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. That prohibition was extended to Jan. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. by Executive Order 20-103. The Governor’s executive orders have the force and effect of law during the peacetime emergency. 

Advisory to the liquor industry

DPS-AGED sent a letter to the liquor industry on Dec. 13 with further information related to Executive Order 20-99, reminding licensees that:

  • All restaurants and bars are prohibited from selling alcohol for on-premises consumption from Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. through Dec. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. That prohibition was extended to Jan. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. by Executive Order 20-103.

  • Establishments with on-sale liquor licenses are allowed to sell beer and wine with takeout orders pursuant to legislation signed by Governor Walz in April of this year.

  • Any liquor licensee found to be in violation of EO-99 may be issued a misdemeanor citation for the violation.

  • A second violation means the establishment will face a 60-day liquor license suspension, pending a hearing before an administrative law judge.  

  • A third or subsequent violation will result in a five-year revocation of the liquor license and the subsequent revocation of the establishment’s retail identification card (buyer’s card). Minn. Stat. § 340A.415.

Please click on the following links for the letters sent to the establishments:

 

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Director: Bruce Gordon
Primary Contact Email: scott.wasserman@state.mn.us
Primary Contact Name: Scott Wasserman
Primary Contact Phone: 651-201-7571
Formatted Publish Date: December 17, 2020