Michigan’s 18th business temporarily loses liquor license due to COVID-19 violations


FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) – Five other Michigan restaurants have temporarily lost their liquor licenses due to COVID-19 violations, bringing the total to 18 this year.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended the licenses for Spanky’s Tavern in Battle Creek, Andiamo Italia in Warren, Polski’s Pub & Grub in Clinton Township in Macomb County, Kal-Ho Bar in Kalkaska and Dex’s Loggers Landing in Luther.

Restaurants are accused of allowing gatherings, providing indoor catering, failing to enforce face covering requirements and failing to prevent patrons from gathering.

All of these alleged violations go against an epidemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in effect from November 18 to December 20 to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The five restaurants are scheduled to appear before a state administrative law judge on Friday for a hearing to determine whether the license suspension should continue. The judge can also impose fines or other disciplinary measures on the five restaurants.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended liquor licenses for two restaurants and a motel, as well as The Meeting Place in Fenton in November. The Meeting Place regained its liquor license after a hearing last week.

Woodchips BBQ in Lapeer also had his liquor license suspended earlier this month and is awaiting a decision on his recovery. Other businesses in Port Huron and Lansing have temporarily lost their liquor licenses.

Five other businesses in Newaygo, Fremont, Muskegon Heights, Conklin and Grand Rapids have all had their liquor licenses suspended since September due to violations of COVID-19 orders.

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