Minnesota restaurant owner backs down from plan to reopen after state AG sues

Minnesota restaurant owner backs down from plan to reopen after state AG sues
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A Minnesota restaurant owner backed down from his plan to reopen after the state attorney general filed a lawsuit against him Sunday night. 

Kris Schiffler, who owns six Shady’s Restaurants in central Minnesota, announced in front of his Albany location shortly before noon Monday that the eatery would not reopen right away, citing advice from his attorney. The owner addressed a crowd of at least 100 people in front of the restaurant, the St. Cloud Times reported

Schiffler posted a Facebook video Monday afternoon, saying the restaurant filled takeout and to-go orders instead. 

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“But we do plan on reopening very soon,” he said. “Our attorneys are working on everything as fast as they can.”

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Restaurants that open before this date could face fines of $25,000 per day and the possibility of their licenses being suspended or revoked, Ellison had said in a release. Other restaurants reportedly backed out of reopening after the lawsuit’s filing, the St. Cloud Times reported. 

Schiffler announced on Facebook Saturday that all six of his locations would remain closed Monday before posting the next day that his Albany location would open. He started a GoFundMe page for Minnesota small businesses and potential legal fees that has raised more than $210,000 as of Monday evening.

Stearns County, where the restaurant is located, has counted 1,740 cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths, according to state data.