MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Seven restaurants have joined forces in a joint lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis, arguing for the immediate repeal of the city’s vaccination or testing requirement for those who dine out.
Plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit include Smack Shack, Sneaky Pete’s, Jimmy John’s, Bunkers Music Bar & Grill, The Gay 90’s, Wild Greg’s Saloon and Urban Forage.
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The Minneapolis-based law firm Chestnut and Cambronne is representing the settlements.
“When Jacob Frey’s order came out, there was great consternation among (restaurants),” attorney Frank Rondoni said. “They got together and contacted us and asked us to act on their behalf.”
Rondoni says that while the city can dictate rules for bars and restaurants, he feels the way Mayor Jacob Frey created the rule violated his power.
“There’s a legislative process that he could go through, that he could still regulate bars and restaurants, but he didn’t follow it,” Rondoni said.
“Mayor Frey’s approach is simple: keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed and keep our valuable small businesses open,” the mayor’s office wrote in a written response Friday. “That’s precisely why he moved forward with this temporary and flexible approach in anticipation of rising case numbers and hospitalizations. Doing nothing in the face of clear public health data was not an option.
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“Warrants are not good for business,” said Greg Urban, owner of Wild Greg’s, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “They are not fair to the restaurant and hospitality industry in particular, at some point we have to defend ourselves here.”
Urban says he thinks customers will start leaving Minneapolis and dining in surrounding towns that don’t have a mandate.
“It’s about being responsible, but we can’t live in a cave the rest of our lives. At some point we have to get on with our lives. I think the time has come,” he said. declared.
“The varied course of this public health pandemic has shown that an effective response is rooted in a coordinated approach from all areas of the city,” Minneapolis City Attorney Jim Rowader wrote in a statement Friday after -midday. “The outbreak of transmission and infection caused by the Delta and Omicron variants renews this call to action. It is unfortunate that complainants are not interested in doing their part. »
Rondoni says the seven restaurants will appear before a Hennepin County judge this coming Wednesday, where they will seek an immediate restraining order. If they are successful, Rondoni says the city’s order will in effect be rescinded.
“We just got a very favorable decision from the Supreme Court, so I’m expecting a good decision next week,” Urban said.
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