If you caught the news last night on channel 4, you may have seen a familiar and friendly face. Jeff LaBeau, the owner of the Depot Bar and Grill in Faribault, stated quite bluntly to those at a press conference held by Sen. Paul Gazelka, that he felt "like I'm on the Titanic" in regards to owning a restaurant in Minnesota and the new Executive Order issued by Gov. Walz on Wednesday.

Wednesday was the day that Gov. Walz announced the extension of limiting bars and restaurants to only carry-out or delivery dining options, as well as a continued pause for indoor recreation facilities like bowling alleys.

LaBeau finished his statement about feeling like he was on the Titanic by stating "this governor is making us a third-class citizen that has to be in the bottom of the ship."

LaBeau wasn't the only restaurant owner to voice his frustrations over the latest round of restrictions placed on bars and restaurants. According to WCCO-TV Jean Hunn of Keys Cafe stated at the press conference "Telling us we can open up outside is just a slap in the face. It’s like you’re mocking us."

Sen. Gazelka held the conference on Thursday to let the Governor and Attorney General know that he feels that "there’s a better way to handle the COVID-19 crisis without crushing business."

On Tuesday night a group known as ReOpen Minnesota Coalition published a list of several businesses in Minnesota that had planned to open up in defiance of the previous Executive Order issued by Gov Walz in November that paused bars, restaurants, and other activities to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Several of those businesses are still opening their doors to dine-in clients despite being sued by the Attorney General, and a possible loss of their liquor license for 60 days, and fines of up to $25,000, for violating the Executive Order.

You can watch the full report from WCCO-TV below.


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