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Court dismisses case against coffee shop that defied Gov. Beshear's indoor dining restriction

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 12:21:19-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fayette Circuit Court ruled Thursday that a civil case filed by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department be dismissed against Brewed coffee shop in Lexington.

The establishment became the center of controversy on Nov. 24 when the LFCHD filed a lawsuit against the restaurant and owner Andrew Cooperrider for refusing to follow Gov. Andy Beshear's order to stop indoor dining to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

A judge granted a temporary restraining order against Brewed, but despite the order, Cooperrider refused to close indoor dining. According to testimony, Cooperrider said they were operating their dining room like a patio since they had their garage door partially open.

A complaint was filed against Brewed in late November. The business also lost its food and liquor license.

Prior to the court's order, Lexington police say they were called to the coffee shop for being notified Brewed was violating the governor's COVID-19 executive order for indoor dining. It was later determined the case would be treated as a civil matter and not one on which law enforcement could take action.

This is a developing story and will be updated.