Surdyk's deal headed for city council vote

MINNEAPOLIS - A proposed settlement between the City of Minneapolis and Surdyk's Liquor will go before the city council, after clearing a committee hurdle Tuesday.

The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee approved the settlement at its meeting Tuesday. The deal calls for Surdyk's to pay $50,000 — a much higher fine than was previously proposed — but only lose its liquor license for three days.

The penalties are in response to a stunt Jim Surdyk pulled on Sunday, March 12, when he opened his doors to sell liquor just a few days after the Sunday sales ban was repealed. The change in law does not go into effect until July 2.

The city rejected the previously proposed deal, which would have required Surdyk's to pay $6,000 and lose its license for 10 days. The original deal called for a $2,000 fine and 30-day suspension.

Now that the committee has voted the deal through, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on it.

If  the deal is approved, Surdyk's will have to pay the $50,000 by May 31. He will also have to close his doors on July 2, 9 and 16 — the first three Sundays liquor can legally be sold in Minnesota.

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