Northeast Minneapolis Liquor Store Owner Faces Citations, License Suspension for Opening Sunday

March 14, 2017 07:09 AM

The City of Minneapolis says the store owner who got a jump start on Sunday liquor sales faces thousands of dollars in fines and suspension of his liquor license for 30 days, starting July 2. 
Minnesota's new law allowing Sunday liquor sales doesn't take effect until July. But that didn't stop Jim Surdyk from ringing up those purchases Sunday at his liquor and cheese store in northeast Minneapolis.

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The city issued a statement saying it would hand down $3,500 in citations against Surdyk's. The city said officials will also pursue sanctions against the off-sale liquor license held by Surdyk's "based on the owner's clear disregard of the law."

On Monday afternoon, the city said in addition to the citations, a $2,000 civil penalty would be imposed. The city is also suspending the store's off-sale liquor license for 30 days, which would begin July 2, 2017. 

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Surdyk's can appeal the decision.
Until last week, Minnesota was one of just 12 states that still banned liquor stores from opening on Sundays.

The city's notice of adverse action can be read in full here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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