Multiple restaurants in Stearns County set to re-open even if Stay at Home is extended

Owners are planning on defying the state's temporary shutdown of dine-in service at restaurants.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Shady's Bar and Grill

A group of restaurant owners in central Minnesota have said they will re-open on Monday, even if the state's Stay at Home order is extended.

Kris Schiffler announced last week that the 6 locations of his Shady's Restaurant chain, in New Munich, Rice, Albany, Burtrum, Cold Spring, and St. Martin, will re-open to customers on Monday, which is when the state's Stay at Home order is due to end.

He says the bars will have sanitizing stations at every entry and told WJON he will remove 25-40 percent of barstools – though hopes to open at "full throttle" at some point.

He said his businesses won't survive on to-go orders for much longer, and also says he has the support from Albany City Council and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

"With that being said they really don’t have the power to over turn Gov. Walz," he wrote on Facebook. 

"With that being said we are Americans, we have rights and we will execute those rights that our forefathers gave us."

He is being joined in re-opening by other Stearns County restaurants including Rookies Sports Bar in Albany, Grumpy's Bar in Cold Spring, Stoney's Bar in Rockville, Shady's Silver Spur in St. Martin, the Brickyard Bar & Banquet Hall in Pierz, and the Side Bar and Grill in Cold Spring.

It comes despite Stearns County being the site of one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the state, with 1,443 confirmed cases and 6 deaths as of Sunday, of which 194 are employees at the Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant in Cold Spring.

Gov. Walz is making an announcement regarding a possible extension of the Stay at Home order this week.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

He has previously said that dine-in service at restaurants would likely be among the last things to come back given their potential for close quarters contact that could spread the virus, but has said he's working with the hospitality industry to come up with solutions.

A raft of notable restaurants have announced their permanent closure following the shutdown, with some saying that even when the Stay at Home order is lifted, there's no guarantee they'll be able to stay afloat if the virus is still prevalent.

Schiffler says he has been reaching out to other small businesses in Stearns County to encourage them to re-open too – including hair salons – noting "we need to do this with large numbers."

"Open if you feel it’s safe, stop by and enjoy a cocktail and burger if you feel it’s safe. If you don’t feel safe and your sick = STAY HOME," he said. "We appreciate all the support from everyone and hope continue to Make America Great Again!"

Next Up

Facebook - semi crash july 30 2021 Hwy 212 - Chaska Police Department

'Large crash' involving semi-truck on Highway 212 in Chaska

Police are warning motorists about long delays.

Fairmont Raceway

Fairmont Raceway admits 'bad mistake,' announcer on leave after racist comments

The raceway promoter initially backed Len Oelke, but has now apologized.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Air quality still bad on Friday as wildfire smoke continues to blanket MN

The smoky haze will continue till at least Friday afternoon.

Pool

Maple Grove man defrauded PPP of $1.7M, used some to install pool

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court.

Ricky Rubio

Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.

Flickr - USPS post office mail truck - Paul Sableman

Man who attacked Oakdale postal worker gets 18 months in prison

He was accused of hopping over the counter and repeatedly punching the employee.

Wikimedia COmmons - Sierra store - Steve Morgan

Off-price retail store Sierra will open a St. Cloud location

It is the brand's first Minnesota store outside the Twin Cities.

Motzko and Schuneman

Driver in crash that killed Motzko, Schundeman released from custody

Authorities say he was driving during the crash that killed Sam Schuneman and Mack Motzko.

Dentist

Dental practice fired manager because she was too old, investigation finds

The business has agreed to a $54,000 settlement with the employee.

Ryan Suter

Suter says goodbye to Minnesota in Players Tribune piece

As Suter heads for Dallas, the Wild revamp their blue line.

vaccine, covid

Gov. Walz launches 'Vax to School' campaign ahead of new year

The state is encouraging students aged 12-17 to get vaccinated before school starts.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-04-05 at 7.09.12 PM

Reports: Walz set to extend 'Stay at Home' order to May 4

The ongoing closure of dine-in service at bars and restaurant will also continue.

restaurant-602894_1280

Prior Lake asks Gov. Walz if it can be a test case for restaurant re-openings

Local eateries say many are likely to start closing on June 1.

restaurant-690975_1280

Walz to announce 'phased plans' for bar, restaurant reopenings

The governor is expected to lay out plans for reopening dine-in service.

Gov. Time Walz

Gov. Walz to let Stay at Home expire, extends peacetime emergency

The peacetime emergency is being extended to June 12.

Tim Walz modeling

Gov. Walz to announce Stay at Home decision at evening press conference

There will also be an update on the state's models in the morning.

Screen Shot 2020-05-17 at 10.33.50 PM

AG Ellison sues Stearns County bar owner who plans to open

Bars and restaurants are still subject to a mandatory shutdown due to COVID-19.

Gov. Time Walz

Gov. Walz announces new plans for bars, restaurants, salons, campgrounds

Gov. Tim Walz has announced his plans for the reopening of bars and restaurants.

Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz extends Stay at Home order till May 18, with changes

The governor confirmed the order's extension during his Thursday press conference.