State issues citations, suspends liquor licenses of restaurants not following emergency order

Posted at 6:00 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 18:20:21-05

LANSING, Mich. — Several restaurants and bars were issued citations by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and had their liquor licenses suspended for violating the state’s emergency order.

It includes Jimmy’s Roadhouse in Newaygo, which remained open for in-person dining last week despite the state’s order.

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Jimmy's Roadhouse also hosted a Stand Up Michigan rally on Friday, drawing hundreds of people to Newaygo from across the state.

Brew Works of Fremont and The Meeting Place LLC also had their liquor licenses suspended.

Violations of the emergency order included:

  • Allowing non-residential, in-person gatherings.
  • Providing in-person dining.
  • Failure to require face coverings for staff and patrons.
  • Failure to prohibit patrons from congregating.

A virtual hearing will be held Dec. 4.

The following also received citations of $1,000 per violation or day that a violation continued:

  • Big Boy of Sandusky, 422 West Sanilac, Sandusky ($5,000)
  • Café Rosetta,102 Fifth Street, Calumet ($1,000)
  • Woodchips Barbecue, 315 West Nepessing Street, Lapeer ($1,000)
  • The Meeting Place, 3600 Owen Road, Fenton ($1,000)

“The vast majority of restaurant and bar owners are doing the right thing and they have temporarily closed their indoor service to help prevent the spread of the virus,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “We know this is not easy for anyone, this is not an action we take lightly, but the sooner we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 the sooner we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy.”