Skip to main content
Publish date:

'This is a marketing ploy': Lakeville lawmaker slams Alibi for reopening

Sen. Matt Little is calling for support of local businesses that follow the rules.
Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

A state lawmaker on his way out of office is ending his tenure with a candid message about the battle over COVID-19 restrictions.

On Friday, State Sen. Matt Little, a DFLer from Lakeville, posted a long message on Facebook calling out local bar Alibi Drinkery for its continued stand against the shutdown:

In the post, Little vows "never step foot into Alibi ever again," but also takes special aim at local politicians. 

"The absolute silence from area elected officials is telling," he writes. "They are scared to say anything. That's not leadership, it's cowardice. Whether you agree with what Alibi is doing or not, tell the people where you stand."

He goes on to explain his position about the state's controversial shutdown restrictions, and accuses Alibi of staging a "marketing plot at the expense of other local businesses":

Do I believe that restaurants should be open at some capacity? Yes, I do. Does that mean someone should open illegally? No, it doesn't. This isn't the Alamo, this isn't the Boston Tea Party, this isn't some grand Constitutional stand. This is a marketing ploy at the expense of other local businesses. I hope you'll get takeout from the Buckboard, Babe's, Angry Inch, B-52, Toppers, and Lakeville Brewing Company. And when we open again, that's where you'll find me seated.

"I know some of my friends won't like what I have to say, but by God, I said it," Little concludes. 

"But now, I ask that you press other elected officials to take a stand one way or the other. In Lakeville, the place I call home, let us not reward selfishness or cowardice."

As recently as Thursday night, Alibi was open and packed with unmasked patrons, despite the possibility of losing its liquor license.

Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed a lawsuit against Alibi and is seeking a temporary restraining order forcing its temporary closure, while the potential license suspension is pending an administrative hearing.

The Alibi is far from alone in flouting COVID restrictions; statewide, the restaurants now facing legal action from either MDH, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, or the Minnesota Attorney General's office for breaking the governor's executive order this week are as follows:

  • Alibi Drinkery, Lakeville.
  • Broadwalk Bar and Grill, East Grand Forks.
  • Cork, Anoka.
  • Cornerstone Cafe, Monticello.
  • Havens Garden, Lyn.
  • Hooligans Lakeside, Lake Park.
  • The Interchange, Albert Lea.
  • Iron Waffle, Nisswa.
  • Mission Tavern, Merrifield.
  • Pizza Depot, Becker.

Little lost his reelection bid in November; his term in office ends on January 4. 

Next Up

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.


Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.


Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Alibi in Lakeville packed with unmasked drinkers for second night running

The bar stayed open despite a 60-day license suspension pending against it.

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 5.14.07 PM

Lakeville bar that reopened despite COVID order reports vandalism

Also hit by vandalism is Alibi Drinkery's neighbor, Angry Inch Brewing.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Alibi Drinkery closed after court ruling to avoid fines, still intends to fight Walz

It faced being fined $3,000 for every day it remained open in defiance of the governor's shutdown.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Alibi Drinkery owner denied liquor license for Northfield restaurant

The state took action against Lisa Monet Zarza for violating COVID-19 executive orders.

Jimmy John's

Report: Co-owner of embattled Alibi bar charged in Jimmy John's assault

It happened Wednesday at a Jimmy John's in Rosemount.