The punishment for a Minneapolis liquor store that started selling booze on Sunday a few months too early includes not being able to sell alcohol for a month.
The City of Minneapolis announced the punishment against Surdyk's Liquor and Cheese Shop Monday, noting the shop's off-sale liquor license will be suspended for 30 days, starting July 2 – the day Sunday sales is legally allowed to start in Minnesota.
Surdyk's will also be fined $2,000.
Surdyk's opened for business Sunday, announcing on Twitter that it'd be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. But Jim Surdyk, the shop's owner, didn't seem to care Sunday liquor sales don't become legal until this summer, telling the Star Tribune he didn’t consult with any authorities before deciding to open the store, and that the decision is in line with his family’s tradition.
“My father was the first one to discount liquor way back in the 1960s, and he didn’t wait till July to do it,” Surdyk told the paper. Surdyk also told WCCO the fact that Sunday sales was signed into law was “good enough for him.”
The City of Minneapolis' punishment is in lieu of a $3,500 citation it had initially considered against the liquor store. Surdyk's can appeal the city's decision.
GoMN has reached out to Surdyk's for comment.