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State fines UP restaurant for violating shutdown

Café Rosetta in Calumet is among seven businesses in Michigan to receive a fine or license suspension from the state for offering indoor dining service. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo)

CALUMET — Café Rosetta was among seven businesses disciplined by the state this week for offering indoor dining service in violation of the state’s three-week shutdown.

The Calumet cafe received a $1,000 fine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Penalties are up to $1,000 for each violation or day that a violation continues.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order banning indoor dining extends through Dec. 8.

Also receiving $1,000 fines were Woodchips Barbecue of Lapeer and The Meeting Place in Fenton. Big Boy of Sandusky was fined $5,000.

Liquor licenses and permits were suspended for Jimmy’s Roadhouse in Newaygo, Brew Works of Fremont and The Meeting Place in Fenton. Reported violations included allowing gatherings, providing in-person dining, not preventing patrons from congregating and not requiring face coverings for staff or patrons.

All three are scheduled for virtual hearings before an administrative law judge on Dec. 4 to determine if their suspensions should continue or if other penalties should be imposed.

Citations against other establishments are coming, the MDHHS said.

“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 in the release. “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.”

The public can report suspected noncompliance issues at an establishment to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission online or calling the MLCC’s enforcement hotline at 866-893-2121.

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