Skip to main content

Since reopening last summer, Al's Breakfast has required hungry guests to be vaccinated if they want to grab a bite at one of its 13 available seats.

“We’re too small to share space with unvaccinated people. Get a shot!!" the diner bar wrote at the time

But the more transmissible omicron variant has proven to be a challenge, and last week Al's Breakfast announced it would be temporarily closing due to an uptick in staff COVID cases. 

Apparently, one individual decided that was an opportune time to send the Dinkytown mainstay a condescending letter, which Al's shared on Facebook.

"So sorry to hear your fully vaccinated staff is sick with Covid and you are forced to close," the letter begins, continuing:

"It's so interesting your sign on the door talks about human rights and how no human is illegal but you feel completely justified in discriminating against people who choose to exercise their right to their own medical freedoms. 

It's not too late.

It's OK to admit that you are wrong. Be on the right side of history. 

... Get well soon!"

Al's Breakfast noted the letter should be read with a "tone of sarcasm," offering no further comment. Here's the post sharing the letter:

Al's is currently planning on reopening on Friday, saying it was taking "a little more time off this week as we navigate this COVID situation," and would be tightening up its masking rules when it does reopen.

"In our tiny space it feels very precarious to be so close to our beloved customers, especially without the ability to easily get reliable tests often," it said.

"When we re-open later in the week everyone will need to be masked when not actively eating or drinking, in addition to being vaccinated."

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The City of Minneapolis recently reimplemented a public face mask mandate, and starting next week will require indoor diners at all food and drink establishments to show the business proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test

While fully vaccinated individuals can contract and spread omicron more easily than the initial coronavirus strain, data suggest individuals who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose are less likely to test positive for COVID, and less likely to have a symptomatic infection than unvaccinated individuals.

The existing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have also proven to be very effective at preventing hospitalization and death.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Here’s what the Vikings owners say about new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

The Vikings announced his hiring on Wednesday night.

raiaing canes brooklyn park crop

After 3-month delay, newest Twin Cities Raising Cane's opens

The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in October.

st anthony armed robbery screengrab

Armed man robs Twin Cities thrift store, flees in carjacked pickup

He pulled out a handgun shortly after chatting with the cashier about his scarf.

red wing 6

Gallery: Pagoda-inspired home on Lake Pepin for sale for $2M

The home has 425 feet of private shoreline on the Mississippi River.

Walz, Flanagan

Walz proposes legalizing marijuana in massive supplemental budget

It's among the provisions in his "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward."

Plow 2 (1)

Photos reveal damage from gunshots to Minneapolis snowplow

A hydraulic line and three tires were damaged in the shooting.

unsplash - school classroom students

Minneapolis schools confirm return to in-person teaching Monday

The school district shifted to online learning almost two weeks ago as rising COVID cases led to staff and bus driver shortages.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled

A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.

cats

Reward to find person who left kittens to die in freezing WI cold

The cats were thrown from a vehicle, according to a witness.

metro mobility bus

Charges: Man led police on multi-city pursuit in stolen Metro Mobility bus

The bus had been left unattended with the keys inside when it was stolen.

Bell Ramsey Co. Jan 22 - crop

Charges: Man fatally shot mother of his child during argument

Officers found her on the ground outside the couple's home.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26

More than 15,000 new cases in today's update.

Related

pexels bar face mask covid

Vaccinated can spread omicron, so why are Twin Cities requiring diners show vax proof?

Starting next week, indoor diners in the Twin Cities will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.

al's breakfast

Al's Breakfast finally reopens for dine-in service – but only if you're vaccinated

The restaurant officially reopened to vaccinated customers Friday.

child parent mask covid pexels

Frey backtracks on dining mandate: Kids age 2-4 won’t need test

The mayor told Chad Hartman the city is already working to change its just-announced regulation.

tony webster flickr mayo clinic

About 1% of Mayo Clinic staff let go due to COVID vaxx requirements

Workers had until Jan. 3 to get at least one vaccine dose or obtain an exemption.

rise bagel co

Bagel shop closes amid vax-or-test mandate, posts: 'All are welcome here'

Other Twin Cities restaurants have also temporarily closed this week.

al's breakfast

Minneapolis joint named to Esquire's list of restaurants we can't lose

Al's has been fundraising to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.