COVID-19

Portage restaurant fined for breaking COVID restrictions

D&R's Daily Grind refused to close for COVID and now faces a fine from the state.

The State of Michigan has issued citations to 13 restaurants across the state for refusing to follow orders meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.

One of those restaurants, D&R’s Daily Grind in Portage, is among the most recent to receive a citation from the state. The citation comes with a fine for $2,000.

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Posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page indicate the owners were well aware they would be breaking the law when they decided to reopen for indoor dining in December.

“It’s because of all of the support from our community and across the country, that we have decided to stand tall and not back down,” reads one post.

The post links to a GoFundMe page where the restaurant is raising money to pay the fines it expected to incur.

“Every day that [the restaurant owner] defies this order he receives a $1000 Fine from the government. Our goal is to cover those costs with these donations!” reads the description.

As of Tuesday, the campaign had raised more than $18,000.

There is no indication of whether the restaurant will continue to stay open in defiance of state orders and despite the fines issued.

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