LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Monday, a judge granted a temporary restraining order against Brewed, a coffee shop in Lexington, for ignoring an order that temporarily banned indoor dining because of rising COVID-19 cases.
Despite the order, Brewed Owner Andrew Cooperrider refused to close indoor dining. According to a testimony, Cooperrider said they were operating their dining room like a patio since they had their garage door partially open.
The Fayette County Health Department filed a complaint against Brewed last week. The business also lost its food and liquor license.
On Tuesday, Brewed announced on Facebook that it will be suspending its service to hold a community meeting.
Lexington police say they were called about the coffee shop for being in violation of the Governor's COVID-19 Executive Order for indoor dining.
"After discussing the situation with the Health Department, a violation of this Executive Order was determined to be a civil matter and not one that law enforcement could take action on," said Sgt. Donnell Gordon. "Claims that Lexington Police 'refused' to shut down the business are inaccurate. We have been in contact with the Health Department regarding steps going forward in light of their court case."
Police confirmed reports that two officers were seen patronizing Brewed Wednesday morning. They say they will address this with any officers involved.