MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Health has sued the owners of a bar in the southern Twin Cities metro area for operating as a food and beverage service without a license.

The health department filed its lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville on Friday in Dakota County. It’s the latest in a series of regulatory actions taken against the bar, which kept operating in December and early January in defiance of Gov. Tim Walz’s order barring indoor dining at bars and restaurants to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Alibi co-owner Lisa Monet Zarza was not at the eatery when The Associated Press called for comment Saturday.

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