Attorney General's office files for temporary restraining orders against three restaurants illegally operating on-premises dining
TRO motions are next step in lawsuits against St. Patrick’s in New Prague, Pour House in Clarks Grove, and The Interchange in Albert Lea filed Monday
December 23, 2020
December 22, 2020 (SAINT PAUL) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today that his office has filed motions for temporary restraining orders against three establishments — St. Patrick’s in New Prague, Pour House in Clarks Grove, and The Interchange in Albert Lea. On Monday, December 21, Attorney General Ellison’s office sued those three establishments for openly violating the ban on indoor on-premises dining in Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-99, a targeted dial-back of certain activities to halt the spread of COVID-19. Among the requirements of the executive order, as modified and extended by Executive Order 20-103, are that bars and restaurants must close for on-premises indoor dining until January 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
The Attorney General’s office asked the court that all three establishments be prevented from further violating Executive Order 20-99 and fully comply with it and any future executive orders that apply to restaurants and/or bars, including Executive Order 20-103, while those executive orders are effective.
“The vast majority of Minnesota’s bars and restaurants are complying with executive orders and meeting their responsibility to their communities. These three are among the very few that are not. I’ve asked the court to impose an immediate halt to their actions that are threatening the health and lives of their customers, communities, and all Minnesotans,” Attorney General Ellison said.