Rogue Liquor Store Agrees to $50,000 Fine for Sunday Opening

May 14, 2017 08:35 PM

The Minneapolis liquor store Surdyk's has agreed to pay a much larger fine than first envisioned for jumping the gun on a state law allowing Sunday sales.

Jim Surdyk opened his store on Sunday, March 12. That was after lawmakers repealed Minnesota's ban on Sunday alcohol sales — but well before the repeal takes effect July 2. Last month, a City Council committee rejected as too lenient a proposed $6,000 fine and 10-day license suspension.

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The latest deal calls for Surdyk's to pay $50,000, but it would be closed only three Sundays — July 2, 9, and 16, according to a settlement agreement posted to the city's website.

If a City Council committee approves the proposal Tuesday, it would go to the full council.

Surdyk would have to pay the penalty by May 31. The attached cheese shop will remain open the three Sundays the liquor store is closed.

RELATED: Minneapolis Rejects Sunday Liquor Sales Settlement with Surdyk's

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