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Update: The new Surdyk's punishment gets the OK from a city committee

It'll likely be a bigger fine, but fewer days closed, for the Minneapolis liquor store.

Surdyk's will likely be paying a $50,000 and closing for three Sundays in July as penance for that whole "opening on a Sunday in March" fiasco.

A City of Minneapolis committee approved the new punishment proposal at a meeting Tuesday – it's a heftier fine compared to what they rejected last month, but the liquor and cheese store will be closed for fewer days.

Surdyk's opened on a Sunday in March illegally after the state legalized Sunday liquor sales starting July 1.

The punishment still has to be approved by the full Minneapolis City Council. They meet again next week.

The original story from Monday morning is below.

Maybe $50,000 will do the trick this time.

Surdyk's Liquor and the City of Minneapolis are still trying to get on the same page for a punishment, after the longstanding liquor store opened on a Sunday in March ... illegally. It was a response to the state legalizing Sunday liquor sales starting July 1.

The city punished Surdyk's. But both sides have gone back and forth about how big the fine should be, and when the liquor store should be forced to close.

First it was $2,000, and no selling alcohol for 30 days. That morphed into a higher fine of $6,000, but Surdyk's only had to shut down for 10 days.

A city regulatory committee then promptly rejected that plan, and ordered them back to the drawing board before a May 16 meeting.

The current plan

The newest proposal: A $50,000 fine, and Surdyk's has to be closed on the first three Sundays in July. (The cheese shop area can be open though.)

That deal is signed and dated May 12, with the documents since uploaded to the City of Minneapolis website. They're expected to discuss itat the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Whether a higher fine in exchange for fewer days closed is enough to put a cork in the case once and for all, we will find out later this week.

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