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With license suspension pending, Lakeville bar opens for second day running

Alibi Drinkery has courted controversy with its decision to flout COVID-19 orders.
Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar that sparked controversy when it opened Wednesday in violation of Minnesota's COVID-19 orders is opening for a second consecutive day.

"OPEN TODAY. COME IN FOR FOOD AND DRINKS!" the bar wrote on its Facebook page Thursday morning.

It comes after the Minnesota Department of Public Safety served it with notice that its liquor license will be suspended for 60 days for its "blatant violation" of Gov. Tim Walz's Executive Order 20-99 shutting down dine-in service until Dec. 18 – which will now be extended to Jan. 11.

But as the DPS announcement notes, the license suspension is pending an administrative hearing, prompting Alibi apparently to open up on Thursday as well.

Alibi came in for scrutiny after Star Tribune pictures emerged showing large crowds of maskless drinkers in attendance as it opened its doors Wednesday, with staff members also pictured not wearing face masks.

And it appears there a number of early patrons in on Thursday too.

The other bar served with a notice of a 60-day license suspension – again pending an administrative hearing – was Neighbors on the Rum in Princeton.

On Thursday, it posted that it will be "going back to curbside and pick up order only while we explore our legal options" on its Facebook page.

Alibi's decision to open has also put the spotlight on its co-owner, Ricardo Baldazo, who was charged in September with the attempted murder of two police officers.

BMTN food writer Lindsay Guentzel reported Wednesday that Baldazo's next court hearing is on Mar. 9.

It remains to be seen what further action the Minnesota Department of Public Safety or the Minnesota Attorney General's Office can take if Alibi opens again Thursday.

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