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Surdyk's strikes a deal with Minneapolis, will get to sell alcohol again sooner

Customers flooded into Surdyk's when it opened unexpectedly on Sunday, Mar. 12.

Minneapolis has agreed a settlement with the liquor store that illegally sold alcohol on a Sunday after the state of Minnesota lifted the ban on Sunday liquor sales.

Surdyk's Liquor and Cheese Shop on East Hennepin Avenue opened on Sunday, March 12, a few days after Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law the bill that will lift the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.

But the law doesn't go into effect until July 2, and Surdyk's was initially punished by the City of Minneapolis with a $2,000 fine and a 30-day suspension of its liquor license once Sunday alcohol sales start in July.

The city has told GoMN that it has agreed a reduced punishment for Surdyk's after discussions with owner Jim Surdyk in which he "expressed contrition and took full responsibility for the violations."

The license suspension has been reduced to 10 days, though the fine has increased to $6,000.

The city said it made these changes "based on a desire to minimize the potential impact on store employees," who would have been affected if the store could not have sold alcohol for 30 days.

The settlement isn't set in stone yet, though. It will first be discussed by the council's Community Development & Regulatory Services at a meeting on April 18, before it has to be approved by the City Council.

Customers flooded into the liquor store when Surdyk's opened on Mar. 12, though one shopper told GoMN many of them were hesitant walking round the store, as if they were going to get in trouble.

The liquor store has not yet commented on the settlement when contacted by the Star Tribune.

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